Bread Sticks


2 1/2 c FLOUR
1 pk YEAST
3/4 c MILK
2 tb SHORTENING
1 tb SUGAR
1 ts SALT
1 x EGG WHITE (OPTIONAL)
1 tb WATER (OPTIONAL)


IN A SMALL BOWL COMBINE 3/4 CUP FLOUR AND THE YEAST. IN A SAUCE PAN HEAT MILK, SHORTENING, SUGAR AND SALT TO 115 F. ADD TO FLOUR MIXTURE. BEAT AT LOW SPEED FOR 1/2 MINUTE. BEAT AT HIGH SPEED FOR 3 MINUTES. STIR IN AS MUCH FLOUR AS YOU CAN BY HAND. TURN OUT ONTO LFOURED TABLE AND KNEAD ADDING FLOUR TILL DOUGH IS SMOOTH AND STIFF. SHAPE INTO BALL AND PLACE IN GREASED BOWL. COVER AND LET RISE TILL DOUBLED. (ABOUT 60 MINUTES). PUNCH DOWN; TURN OUT ONTO FLOURED SURFACE. DIVIDE DOUGH INTO 4 EQUAL PARTS. COVER AND LET REST FOR 10 MINUTES. DIVIDE EACH PIECE INTO 6 PORTIONS. ROLL EACH INTO A ROPE 8" LONG. PLACE ON GREASED BAKING SHEET AND COVER AND LET RISE TILL DOUBLED. BAKE AT 350 DEG F. FOR 20 MINUTES OR UNTIL GOLDEN IN COLOR. NOTE: IF DESIRED BRUSH WITH EGG WHITE AND WATER MIXTURE AND SPRINKLE WITH POPPY SEEDS. NOTE: FOR DRIER STICKS BAKE AT 375 F. FOR 10 MINUTES THEN REDUCE OVEN TO FOR ADDED FLAVOR: PREPARE AS ABOVE EXCEPT ADD 3/4 GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE. BARBECUE STICKS: DECREASE MILK TO 2/3 CUP. ADD 2 TABLESPOONS BARBECUE SAUCE. .

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