Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Witch's Finger Bread Sticks with Maple Mustard Dip

There are so many great cooking blogs & web sites out there.
One of my favorite go to is Epicurious.
And that is where I found these awesome gnarly fingers, go check them out.

Here is what you will need to make these spooky fingers!

For dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

For fingers:
  • 10 drops green food coloring
  • 48 sliced almonds or peanut halves
  • 8 drops red food coloring, diluted with 1/4 teaspoon water
  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water (egg wash)
  • 1/2 tablespoon pretzel salt or coarse sea salt

For dip:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup coarse-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or mild honey
How to make them:

For dough:
Stir together water, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until sugar is dissolved; let stand until yeast bubbles, about 5 minutes.
Beat in 1 cup of flour on low speed until combined.
Clean dough from paddle, then attach dough hook. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 2 1/2 cups flour to mixture and beat until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl, about 3 minutes. (If dough is too sticky, add enough of 1/2 cup remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is no longer sticky.)
Oil a large bowl and transfer dough to bowl, then turn dough over to coat it with oil. Cover bowl with a dry towel, then let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until it is double in size, about 1 hour.
For fingers:
While dough is rising, place green food coloring in a small bowl, and using a paintbrush, paint one side of the almond slices or the rounded side of the peanut halves.
Heat oven to 450°F with rack in middle. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Divide dough into quarters. Work with 1 piece at a time, and keep remaining dough covered.
Roll one quarter into a 12-inch log, then cut it into 12 (1-inch) pieces.
Dust work surface with additional flour, if necessary, to facilitate rolling. Roll and stretch each piece into a craggy 5-inch "finger." Transfer fingers to baking sheets and let stand at warm room temperature, loosely covered with a smooth kitchen towel, until fingers are slightly puffed, 15 minutes.
Pinch top of fingers to look like knuckles, then lightly score each knuckle with a sharp knife.
Brush fingers with egg wash, then press on nails. With cleaned paintbrush, dab a little red color around the cuticles. Sprinkle fingers all over with pretzel or coarse sea salt.
Bake fingers until deep golden, about 15 minutes (form more fingers while first batch is baking). Transfer to a rack to cool.
Repeat forming and baking in batches with remaining dough.
For dip:
Whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, and maple syrup until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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