You may have realized that I have a lot of free time since I'm always making bread at least twice a week (actually I'm surprised that I'm not gaining weight like crazy). I rarely eat dessert which is ironic since I love to make desserts, I'm more of a savory bread girl but I do eat a slice of cake or cookies once in a while, so tell me are you a dessert lover or a bread lover like me?
- 3 1/2 c. of flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast
- 1/2 c. of warm milk
- 1/2 c. of warm water
- 1 egg
- 3/4 c. of chopped onion
- 1/4 c. of unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
1. Saute onion with 1 tablespoon of oil until tender and let it cool. Disolve yeast with water in a large bowl, add milk, butter, egg, sugar, salt and 1 c. of flour and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add onion and enough remainig flour to form a soft dough, knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
2. Punch dough and divide it into 8 pieces and shape them, let them rise again for 30 minutes. Meanwhile beat 1 egg with 2 tablespoons of cold water and set aside.
3. Brush bread sticks with egg and sprinkle poppy seeds on top, bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
*Tip: if you don't like onion, you can change it for roasted garlic and top it with parmesan cheese, they are both delicious.
Serve them warm with garlic butter or a balsamic vinaigrette (they won't last)