No-Knead Breadsticks

Serves: 12

   1 package active dry yeast
   1 1/3 cups warm water
   3 tablespoons vegetable oil
   1 tablespoon agave
   1 teaspoon salt
   3 cups flour
   1 egg white slightly beaten
   Sesame seeds

No-Knead Breadsticks is from the Cook'n with Agave collection.

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in oil, agave, salt and 1 cup of the flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, scraping dough from side of bowl, until soft dough forms. Cover and let rise in warm place until double, about 45 minutes. Heat oven to 400F. Stir down dough by beating about 25 strokes. Turn dough onto well-floured surface; divide into 24 equal parts. Roll and shape each part into rope about 9 inches long. Place on greased cookie sheet. Brush with egg white; sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake until crust is deep golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Store loosely covered.

* If using self-rising flour, omit salt. Also, unbleached flour can be used in this recipe.

WHOLE WHEAT BREADSTICKS: Substitute whole wheat flour for the all-purpose flour. Or substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the all-purpose flour; stir in with the 1 teaspoon salt.

SOFT PRETZELS: Divide dough into 12 equal parts. Roll each part into rope about 18 inches long; twist into pretzel shape. Continue as directed. Makes 12 pretzels.