- 1 packet dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (should feel like temperature of your bath)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 cups flour
- 1-2 Tbsp. virgin olive oil
- 1 egg white
- 2 tsp. water
- 2 Tbsp. each assorted coatings: grated Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried oregano leaves
In the bowl of an electric mixer, dissolve the yeast in water and let stand 5 minutes.
Add the salt, flour, and olive oil and mix until the dough forms a ball.
Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with flour and knead briefly until smooth.
Lightly oil a large mixing bowl and turn the dough in the bowl to coat. Cover with a damp dish towel or plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free area for 1 hour, or until double in size.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray baking sheets with cooking spray.
Punch down the dough and place on a surface dusted with flour. Knead for about 10 minutes.
Divide dough equally into 16 pieces; roll each piece between hands to form a rope, 7 to 10 inches long. Place on cookie sheet; form into desired shape (heart, pretzel, loops, etc.)
Beat together egg white and water in small bowl until foamy. Brush onto dough shapes; sprinkle each shape with 1 ½ teaspoons of one of the coatings.
Bake until golden brown, about 11 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Equipment needed: Measuring cups and spoons, Large mixing bowl-2, Small mixing bowl, Electric mixer, Wooden spoon, Pastry bench, Whisk, Safety grater, Pastry brush, Baking sheet(s), Non-stick cooking spray, Plastic wrap.