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Sesame Studded Grissini (Breadsticks)

Sesame Studded Grissini (Breadsticks) are a delightful snack option especially for little kids. Easy to make and yummy to eat!
Course Breads
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Proofiing time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Calories 1534kcal
Author Shireen Sequeira @ www.ruchikrandhap.com


  • 225 grams white bread flour
  • 1 scant teaspoon salt * see notes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 135 ml (2/3rd cup) lukewarm water divided
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil plus extra for brushing
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds for coating
  • grated cheddar or parmesan cheese optional


  • In a bowl mix 4 tablespoons of lukewarm water (out of the 2/3rd cup) and the instant yeast and sugar. Keep aside for 10-12 mins until the mixture turns frothy. If it hasn't then discard and start all over again with a new package.
  • Meanwhile sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the frothy yeast mixture and olive oil and mix. Add the rest of the lukewarm water in parts and keep kneading until you get a smooth dough. Turn it onto a lightly floured surface and continue to knead for 8-10 mins till smooth & elastic.
  • Now, roll the dough into a 6x8" rectangle, brush with olive oil and cover with a plastic film/cling wrap and leave in a warm place until it doubles in volume. When the dough has doubled preheat the oven to 200 C. Line two baking sheets/trays with baking parchment (butter paper) or lightly oil the trays.
  • Cut the dough into two equal parts (3x4" rectangles) and then each rectangle into 10 strips of approx 3" each. Stretch each strip gently until it is 12" long.
  • Spread out the sesame (and the cheese if using) on a large plate and roll each strip in it till well coated (press lightly while coating so that the seeds stick to it or else they will fall off once baked - however make sure to maintain the shape of the dough)
  • Place the grissini, spaced well apart on the prepared baking trays and bake for 15-20 mins until golden - keep an eye out as they brown quickly after 14-15 mins. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight container and serve as a snack with a dip or along with soups


1. Reduce the amount of salt by half if you are using cheese as cheese contains salt and you don't want extra salty breadsticks 2. To make rolling (into the sesame) easier, hold the strip of dough in a  'U' shape and pat into the seeds a couple of times till well coated on both sides


Calories: 1534kcal | Carbohydrates: 185g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 71g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g | Monounsaturated Fat: 37g | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 634mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 771mg | Iron: 13mg