Grissini with Cheese and Fennel

Childhood … a time filled with sunny days playing around the house and dreaming about fairy-tales. No worries, no responsibilities, no thoughts for the future, just living the moment in a complete fantasy.

Every time I’m thinking about my childhood, my hole being is re-comforting with the good thoughts that drove me from there to my adult life. Nice Saturday afternoons when my grand-ma was baking her divine delicious savory grissini.

For the Grissini you’ll need :
– 100 gr unsalted butter;
– 125 ml oil;
– 250 ml milk;
– 1 large egg yolk;
– 3 tablespoons of sour cream;
– 15 gr yeast;
– 1 teaspoon sugar;
– 1 teaspoon salt;
– 600 gr all purpose flour.

How to make the Grissini :

First, dissolve the yeast in 2 tablespoons of milk. Using a food processor, mix all ingredients, adding first the dry ingredients (flour, salt,sugar) and then the liquid ingredients. Mix everything until combined, and let the dough rest for 90 minutes in a warmish place. When the dough doubled the volume, refrigerate it for one hour before starting to bake the grissinis.

Then spread the dough on your working board, coat it with a batter of egg, grate the cheese and sprinkle the fennel. Using a pastry knife cut the dough in long strips of 1 cm wide. Bake them at 180°C for 15-20 minutes.