Flaxseed Grissini

Flaxseeds have Omega-3 fatty acids that may benefit the brain. Studies on flaxseed consumption suggest they have potential for improving cognition, particularly in post-menopausal women. Eat them ground for the most health benefits.
Serves 24
Brain Healthy Ingredients: 
If you're having trouble rolling the grissini to length, roll them as far as you can and let them relax for a few minutes. They should then roll more easily to the length you want.

Dough Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsps (150 g) all-purpose or bread flour
  • 2/3 cup (149 g) cold water
  • 3 Tbsps (23 g) rye or whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup ground flaxseeds (flax meal)
  • Scant ¾ tsp (2.3 g) instant yeast
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 ¼ tsps olive oil

Topping Suggestions

  • Coarse salt
  • Coarsely-ground pepper
  • Whole flaxseeds
  • Whole or coarsely chopped fennel seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Coarse semolina
  1. In the bowl of a food processor with the metal blade, combine the flour, rye flour, flaxseed, salt, and yeast. Pulse to combine.
  2. In a liquid measuring cup, combine 2/3 cup (149 grams) of cold water with the olive oil. With the food processor running, add the liquids to the dry ingredients in a thin stream.
  3. Continue processing until the dough more or less holds together (it will not form a ball because it is too sticky at this point) and for about 30 seconds beyond that. The total processing time should be about 90 seconds.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled, covered container.
  5. Let rise at room temperature until the dough doubles in volume, about one hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Divide the dough into two pieces. While working with the first piece, cover and refrigerate the other.
  8. On a lightly floured counter, pat the dough into a rectangle of roughly 8 x 4 inches.
  9. Sprinkle the dough evenly with your choice of topping(s).
  10. With a pizza cutter or chef's knife, cut the dough into 12 strips.
  11. On a flour-free section of counter, roll each dough strip into a snake the length of your baking sheet. Space them evenly across the sheet.
  12. Spray or brush the grissini lightly with olive oil.
  13. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until well browned.
  14. Cool on a wire rack.
Susan Tenney: wildyeastblog.com