1. Process raisins with applesauce until a smooth paste is formed.
2. In a large mixer with a paddle or dough hook, combine raisin paste, water and oil; mix well.
3. Using a dough hook, add the rest of these ingredients; mix until dough is fully developed (soft and elastic).
4. Allow dough to rest until it stretches easily.
5. Stretch dough and flatten it in a greased pan.
6. Allow dough to rise until it is double in height.
7. Score the pan into the number of servings you want. To get 36 servings, cut 3 rows along the long side of the pan and 12 rows along the short side. For 72 servings, cut 6 rows along the long side and 12 rows along the short side.
8. Sprinkle the topping of your choice over the dough.
9. Bake in a conventional oven at 350ºF for 20 to 25 minutes or until bread is lightly brown and springs back when touched in the middle.
10. To serve, lightly cut along scoring.
Tip: Dust pan with cornmeal to help breadsticks slide out of pan easily. Brush top of dough with a little water to help the topping adhere. A sheet-roller will speed production time.
If you expand this recipe to several pans, place about 5-1/2 lbs. dough in each pan. Additional raisins may be added to make raisin bread sticks.
- 2 Cups California raisins
- 1/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce
- 21/2 Cups water
- 2/3 Cup oil
- 6 Cups all-purpose flour
- 11/2 Cups whole wheat flour
- 11/2 Cups oatmeal
- 1/4 Cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 Cup non-fat milk powder
- 1 Ounce instant active dry yeast
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- Sunflower seeds
- Sesame seeds