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Sesame Bread Sticks

Yield: 5 dozen bread sticks Prep 20 mins Rise 1 hr 30 mins Bake 400°F 12 mins


  • 3/4 cup  boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons  butter
  • 2 teaspoons  sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons  salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup  warm water (105 degree F to 115 degree F)
  • 3 1/2 cups  sifted all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 egg whites, beaten to soft peaks
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons  milk
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons  sesame seeds


1. In a large bowl mix boiling water, butter, sugar, and salt and cool to room temperature. Set aside. Sprinkle yeast over warm water and let stand 5 minutes, until yeast is bubbly. Add yeast mixture to water mixture. Beat in 1-1/2 cups flour. Stir in egg whites, then remaining flour.

2. Grease a large bowl. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough until elastic, 8 minutes. Gather dough into a ball and place in prepared bowl, turning to grease top. Cover bowl and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

3. Heat oven to 400 degree F. Lightly grease two large cookie sheets. Punch dough down, then knead gently, 2 minutes. Divide dough in half. Roll one portion into a rectangle about 15 minutes long, 8 inches wide and cut into thirty 8-inch-long strips. Roll lightly with floured hands just enough to round cut edges. Place sticks 1/2 inch apart on prepared sheets (keep remaining dough covered). Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1/2 hour.

4. Brush sticks with milk, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Repeat process with remaining dough, milk, and sesame seeds. Makes about 5 dozen bread sticks.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Prepare bread sticks as directed above. Place completely cooled bread sticks in a freezer container or bag; freeze up to 3 months. Thaw the unwrapped bread sticks at room temperature for 2 hours. Reheat in a warm oven, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

  • cal.(kcal)35,
  • Fat, total(g)1,
  • chol.(mg)1,
  • sat. fat(g)1,
  • carb.(g)6,
  • pro.(g)1,
  • sodium(mg)54,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet