Daring Bakers Challenge – Parmesan & Thyme Grissini
Daring Bakers Challenge – Parmesan & Thyme Grissini

Daring Bakers Challenge – Parmesan & Thyme Grissini

It has been a little while since I have participated in a Daring Bakers Challenge.  Each month when I see what great things have been prepared by fellow bloggers in response to the challenge, I kick myself for not being better organised, and participating in the event.

Homemade Breadstick

Parmesan & Thyme Breadstick with a Chilli Dip

This months challenge was set by  Sarah from All Our Fingers in the Pie .

Logo for the Daring Bakers Challenge

Daring Bakers Challenge

Participants were required to bake their own crisps, crackers or flatbread and post the results for all to see. A number of yummy recipe suggestions were given but I wanted to try Grissini bread sticks.  I have a lot of Thyme growing in my garden so a Parmesan and Thyme Grissini seemed like the perfect combination.

Spicy Chilli & Cashew Dip

Spicy Chilli & Cashew Dip

Naturally if I make a delicious crisp grissini I need something delicious to try with the cracker.  I decided to also make a Spicy Chili Aioli as I have an abundance of chilli in the garden at the moment and it seemed  the perfect partner to the Parmesan and Thyme flavours.

So here is my contribution to February Daring Bakers Challenge

Homemade Grissini & Dip

Homemade Grissini & Dip

Parmesan & Thyme Grissini w Spicy Chilli Aioli

Grissini Ingredients:

  • 300g plain flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 75g butter
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 75g Parmesan cheese
  • 150ml warm milk
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh Thyme


Parmesan & Thyme out of the garden

Parmesan & Thyme out of the garden

Put the flour, salt, butter and cheese into a food processor and blitz until it resembles bread crumbs.

Making Grissini Dough in the food processor

Making Grissini Dough

Place the crumbs in a bowl and add the chopped Thyme and the yeast. Pour the warm milk over the dry ingredients.

Adding Thyme to Grissini Dough

Adding Thyme to Grissini Dough

Mix until a dough forms. Cover and leave to stand for an hour in a warm place.

Grissini Dough

Grissini Dough

Lightly oil the bench top and knead the dough for 10-15 seconds. Return the dough to its bowl, cover and leave for another hour.

Making Grissini

Making Grissini Breadsticks

Heat the oven to 130C, roll the dough to a 1cm thickness, cut into strips and then, using your hands, roll each strip into a pencil-like stick.

Ready to bake Grissini

Ready to bake Grissini

Bake on a slow heat for about 40 mins or until golden. Rotate the trays as needed. Once cooked leave the grissini to cool in the oven.  The will be soft until they have completely cooled.

Spicy Chilli Aioli Ingredients:

  • 6 mild Chillies
  • 100gm sundried tomatoes
  • 100gm salted cashews
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups light Olive Oil
  • juice 1 lemon
  • salt to taste


Chili, Sundried Tomato & Cashew Dip

Chili, Sundried Tomato & Cashew Dip

Place all the ingredients except the oil into a food processor. Combine until reasonably smooth.  Start to add the oil slowly whilst the food processor is running.

Ready to blend the Dip

Ready to blend the Dip

Continue this process until all the oil is incorporated and the aioli is thick and creamy.


Spicy Chilli Aioli

Spicy Chilli Aioli

Do you think you would ever make your own cracker? I found this a very quick recipe so I would probably make it again. The only problem I had was that I ate way too many, and the aioli was addictive!

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  1. these look divine! shall try them soon!

  2. They look great and that’s fabulous that you used things abundant in your own garden too! 😀 I find that I eat way too many home made crackers-they’re just so good and crispy when they’re home made! 🙂

  3. I’ve been meaning to make grissini for ages, but alas, life gets in the way.

    They look amazing, and an abundance of chilli is never a bad thing!

  4. Grisini, I haven´t made those in ages. The flavors you used are fantastic, and they look perfectly crisp! The dip is almost like a harissa, i love it!

  5. Oh my gosh, these sticks look simply wonderful my friend, great job 😀
    I would love to have this crispness with some soup 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. I have always wanted to make grissini. Now you have really inspired me! Yours look gorgeous. BTW thanks for putting your hand up for the April Challenge. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • Unfortunately my idea had been used in a previous challenge so I won’t be hosting April 🙁 Thanks for popping over and saying hi 🙂

  7. Both dip and breadsticks are fantastic! I would say they were professionally prepared! I love esp. the dip.

  8. Oh my God….. YUM!!!!!!

    These were so good!!!

  9. Your grissini looks amazing. I’m super-impressed. And what a lovely dip – it would be full of flavour to be sure xx

  10. Wonderful recipe !
    I would never come to an idea to make a dough with parmezan, but it looks really good.

  11. These Parmesan & Thyme Grissini look yummy. I love crisp breadsticks and I can imagine the wonderful cheese flavor in them. What a great challenge you’ve accomplished! 🙂

  12. I’d quite happily have a little bundle of them and some dip by my side at the moment.

  13. I’ve never seen an aioli made with nuts before – very interesting. The grissini sound absolutely wonderful!

  14. Wonderful tutorial on these great breadsticks. Love the flavour of parmesan in them. Thank you for participating in this challenge.

  15. Your grissini kick some serious tush! Tried out your recipe today and they go wonderfully with your spicy chili aoili 🙂

  16. Your Grissini looks wonderfully crisp and tempting!
    I can’t wait to give it a try

  17. Those grissini look fabulous, and the aioli…OMG! My mouth is watering!
    A really great tutorial, I will give it a try!
    Great job with this challenge!

  18. Your grissini look fabulous, and I love your photos!

  19. These look so good! I love love love thyme, I can put it in almost everything, haha! And the aioli with sundried tomatoes.. yum! Just the sort of thing I like 😀 Well done!

  20. Nice photos! The Parmesan cheese gave them vibrant colors.

  21. Great idea! Some time ago I made grissini with wild garlic. The combination of thyme and parmesan sound really delicious. Your recipe will enter my to-do-list.

  22. Great idea! Some time ago I made grissini with wild garlic. The combination of thyme and parmesan sounds really delicious. Your recipe will enter my to-do-list.

  23. Both the grissini and the dip look awesome! I also love how you used things you had in your garden. Thanks for hosting the blog hop by the way!

  24. These look delicious! Wonderful job!

  25. These look lovely! Can’t wait to try this out 🙂

  26. Your grissini look great!! I will try this recipe for sure.

  27. Oh these do sound yummy! I’m definitely going to try making these with gfree flour- yummo!

  28. Those look great, and really easy! I will definitely use this recipe for inspiration when I have to come up with some fancy fingers foods.

  29. I love this sort of appetizers or snacks a lot that I often ruin my appetite for the actual meal! How could I stop eating when they are so good. This sounds very delicious!

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