Sunday, October 27, 2013

Finger Bread Sticks... perfect for Halloween!

I LOVE adding fun to dinner!
It's amazing how you can take your normal Bread Stick dough 
and shape it into a different shape and 
you instantly have exited family members,
 Ooohing and Aaahing and thinking that you really did something extraordinary!  

Why not make up a batch of Finger Bread Sticks to serve along side your bowls of soup or Chili during October!  
I promise you it will be a BIG hit for sure!  

Biggest advice of all with making these, 
is to make sure to make them long and skinny, 
because the dough rises quite a bit during baking 
and they can turn out really chubby and fat, which is totally okay, 
because rather than calling them "Witch Fingers"
you can call them "Monster Fingers"!

However fat or skinny they are, 
I promise you, you'll have a happy family 
that is grateful to have a mom that tries to add FUN 
to dinner and VARIETY to normal everyday life!

Finger Bread Sticks 
1 Tbsp. yeast
2 Tbsp. sugar
1-1/2 cups warm water
1 tsp. salt
3 to 3 1/2 cups flour

Mix yeast, sugar and water together and stir well.
Slowly add one cup of flour and salt and stir.
Then add enough flour until dough is no longer sticky.
Knead for 5 minutes.
Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour.
Break off small pieces of dough and roll them into finger shapes. (I can usually make 20-24 fingers)
Cut 2 slits in the middle of the shape for the knuckles
SMASH a whole almond into the end of the dough for the finger nail. 
Brush with melted butter
Sprinkle generously with Granulated Garlic and freshly grated Parmesan, OR, Romano Cheese.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes (don't overbake) 

PS... the leftover Bread Sticks are perfect to throw in lunches the next day for school or work

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