Dried Cranberry and Cheddar Bread Sticks


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It’s no secret sometimes I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. I especially have an affinity to the salty and sweet combinations. So, this recipe isn’t so much salty and sweet as it is tangy and savory. This also happens to be a flavor combination I enjoy. I was drawn to this recipe when I first saw it in passing. I have to say, this may be one of my favorite recipes I’ve made to date. 

Cheese and fruit. Some people find the two delicious together and some people don’t. I happen to enjoy cheese and fruit, and when they are together I am definitely intrigued. I told Samuel I was making this recipe and he snubbed his nose at it. He didn’t think it sounded very good. Fast forward to a few hours later and he was asking for seconds and stealing bites of a third bread stick when I wasn’t looking. These are perhaps the best bread stick I’ve had. Ever. The cheese with the cranberries is unbelievable. If you’re like my dear guinea pig husband, you may think this is disgusting and not appealing. You have to try these. They are honestly delicious and addicting. However, they are healthy and lower in calorie than regular bread sticks. Not to mention they are kind of impressive. Who makes bread sticks with cheese and cranberries in them? I do! You do! We all do! (OK, maybe not everyone does, but you definitely should.)

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This recipe does have a few steps, but trust me it’s easy to do because the recipe is broken up by letting the dough rise and rest. So first, in a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, stir the warm water and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. You will need dough hooks for this. Also, I used a thermometer to check my water temperature. You just need the water to feel warm, so test it on your wrist. If it feels hot, then it’s too hot. Same for the cold. Once the water and sugar are mixed, sprinkle the yeast on top of the water and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes or until it gets foamy.

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Next, grate your cheese and chop the cranberries into smaller pieces. I always prefer to grate my cheese from the block because me melts and tastes 100% better than already packaged shredded cheese. When yeast is ready, add in the flour, salt, oil, and Dijon mustard. Use the dough hook to knead the ingredients together well. If it gets too sticky you can add more flour, a little at a time. It should still be slightly sticky, but not so much that it sticks to your fingers when you touch it. 

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Add in the cranberries and mix again until they are combined. Add in the cheese and repeat the mixing until the cheese and cranberries seem to be mixed throughout the dough. 

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Remove the dough onto a floured surface. Knead the dough a few times until it becomes soft and smooth. Add more flour if things get too sticky. Grease a bowl and place the dough into it. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 60 to 90 minutes or until it is doubled in size. You will leave this at room temperature. I left mine for a little longer and it was perfectly fine.

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When dough is done rising, place it on a floured surface. Roll the dough into a large, thin rectangle (about 10×15 inches). If you can’t get it into a perfect rectangle that is OK. Mine was a mostly a rectangle. Just get it as close as possible to the shape and size. With the short side of the dough towards you, cut the dough into long, vertical strips, about ¾” wide. Then cut the strips horizontally, right through the middle of all the long strips. So you should have about 20 shorter strips of dough each ¾” wide. If you have some shorter pieces don’t worry. You can stretch them out into longer ones. They all bake up just fine!

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Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Take each strip by the ends and twist in opposite directions, making a twist throughout each strip of dough. Place each twist on the prepared baking sheet. Press the ends down slightly on the pan to keep the twists in place. Repeat this until all strips are twisted and on the baking sheets. Cover the baking sheets with tea towel and allow the dough to rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Bake the bread sticks for 8 minutes, then rotate the pans. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes (16 to 18 total minutes of baking time). The bread  sticks should be lightly golden brown. Be careful towards the end of baking time as they can get brown quickly. Just keep an eye on them and they should be fine. Eating them warm and straight out of the oven is bliss. But they are also tasty when cooled.

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I could go on and on about how delicious these bread sticks are. They are tangy, cheesy, soft, and bready. It’s hard to believe they are on the lower calorie end of things. The bread sticks are full of flavor, and they do not disappoint in that area. It may seem like these require a few steps to make, but they are really quite easy. It will be hard to just eat one of these when you make them. However, these are healthy so more than one is perfectly OK in my book.


Dried Cranberry and Cheddar Bread Sticks
Total calories: 1,550
Servings: 20 bread sticks

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup warm water (about 99°-110° F.)
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 4 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated or shredded (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard (regular is fine too)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, stir the warm water and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until foamy. (You will need a dough hook for this recipe, so I used the bowl that goes with my stand mixer in order to use the dough hooks with it.)
  2. Grate the cheese (I prefer to grate from the block). Chop the cranberries into smaller pieces.
  3. When yeast is ready, add in the flour, salt, oil, and Dijon mustard. Use the dough hook to knead the ingredients together well. If it gets too sticky you can add more flour, a little at a time. It should still be slightly sticky.
  4. Add in the cranberries and mix again until they are combined. Add in the cheese and repeat the mixing.
  5. Remove the dough onto a floured surface. Knead the dough a few times until it becomes soft and smooth. Add more flour if things get too sticky. Grease a bowl and place the dough into it. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 60 to 90 minutes or until it is doubled in size.
  6. When dough is done rising, place it on a floured surface. Roll the dough into a large, thin rectangle (about 10×15 inches). With the short side of the dough towards you, cut the dough into long, vertical strips, about ¾” wide. Then cut the strips horizontally, right through the middle of all the long strips. So you should have about 20 shorter strips of dough each ¾” wide.
  7. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Take each strip by the ends and twist in opposite directions, making a twist throughout each strip of dough. Place each twist on the prepared baking sheet. Press the ends down slightly on the pan to keep the twists in place. Repeat this until all strips are twisted and on the baking sheets. Cover the baking sheets with tea towel and allow the dough to rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 8 minutes, rotate pans and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes (16-18 minutes total). Bread sticks should be lightly golden brown. Keep an eye on them towards the end of baking because they do brown fast! Serve immediately or cool on a cooling rack until ready to serve.
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3 thoughts on “Dried Cranberry and Cheddar Bread Sticks

  1. I have made this recipe twice since you posted it. First time for my family and then took a couple of them to the lady I care for and she requested for me to make a batch for her. She loved them! We did too! Just something about the cranberries and the cheese together in these that make them delicious!

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    • I totally agree about the cranberry and cheese together. It’s a delicious combination in these breadsticks. So happy to hear they were a hit with everyone! They are definitely surprisingly tasty.

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