"Grissini" is Italian for "breadsticks," and they are a thin, crisp breadstick. This recipe has them topped with olive oil, Parmesan cheese and ground black pepper.
This dough utilizes the sponge method where the yeast, water and some of the flour is combined into a batter-like mixture and allowed to rise before the remaining ingredients are added. This step kick-starts the rising process and gives the bread added flavor and texture.
After kneading, the bread can rise overnight (covered) in the refrigerator, if desired. When ready to bake, bring to room temperature, deflate dough and continue with recipe as written.