I made these for the first time a few weeks ago to be part of a Halloween book club because they resemble witches fingers! They were a huge hit with everyone so I made them again and plan to have them as my party trick! I was initially inspired by the Great British Baking Show’s episode that they challenged the contestants to creating crispy grissini (crunchy bread sticks). When I saw Paul Hollywood's recipe was not in US measurements, I decided to go out on my own and these sticks are what I created.
They don’t have to be Halloween-y and can definitely be served along side a cheese plate or just as snacks for before dinner! They will also make a fabulous holiday gift since they have a decent shelf life and the crisper you get them, the longer they will stay fresh!
The grissini taste deeply of olive but are crisp and crunchy so if you like olives, you will like these. They are also, coincidentally, vegan!
- 1 C warm water (about 110F), divided
- 1 t sugar
- 1 package (2 1/4 t) yeast
- 1 T sea salt
- 2 1/2 C bread flour
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 C green olives*, roughly chopped, dried off with paper towels
Listening to: Michael Kiwanuka