Cheese Sticks

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Ingredient List: 

3 cups all-purpose flour (may use ½ whole wheat flour*)
1 package active dry yeast
¾ cup milk, warmed to 120-130 degrees
½ cup water 110-115 degrees
¼ cup shortening
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
½ to 2/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
Egg-wash: 1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp. water

(can make in the dough cycle of a bread machine; follow the bread machine directions)
Makes 28 sticks

 Combine flour and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Combine the milk, water, shortening, sugar and salt and mix thoroughly with the flour and yeast. Put on a floured surface to knead. Knead until the dough is smooth and little blisters form beneath the surface.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm (80 degrees F) spot – until doubled in size -  approximately 30  to 45 min.

Punch down and divide into two balls of dough. Using a rolling pin, roll each piece into a 12” X 14” rectangle approximately 1/8” thick. Brush with the egg wash and then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Starting on the long edge, cut  14 1” wide strips. Twist and lay on a greased baking sheet. On the bare areas, brush egg-wash and sprinkle cheese and seasoning. Repeat with remaining ball of dough.  Cover with plastic wrap until almost doubled in size – approximately 25 min.

Bake in 375 degree oven 10-15 min. until golden brown. May be served cold but best served warm.

*If using whole wheat flour, keep dough as sticky as possible to prevent a dry product