Easy Cheezy Spinach Twists

These are an easy to make bread twist that can be made with whole wheat, or white flour. Basically this is your typical bread stick made fabulous by rolling up garlic, spinach and cheezy flavors inside. These are a great addition to any pasta meal, or as a fun recipe to make with kids.

Ingredients (makes 6 breadsticks):
Bread:
1 1/8 tsp rapid-rise yeast
1/4 tsp sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour/ white flour  (you can use a mixture, or just one)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder (optional)
2 tsps oil

Spinach Mix:
3 cups fresh spinach, torn
1 tbsp water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (gives a cheesy flavor)
oil, or margarine (for brushing)
sea salt (sprinkled on top)

1) For the bread, whisk together yeast, water and sugar in a large bowl. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes (or until it becomes slightly foamy). Add the remaining ingredients, kneeding together until a soft (but not sticky) dough is made. Add additional flour, if needed (but use sparingly). Cover and place in a warm area for 45 minutes until it has risen, and doubled in size. Roll the dough into a rectangle shape (I like to use a baking sheet to guide me, leaving about 1 inch on each side). Cover, and let sit for an additional 20 minutes (to let relax).
2) For the spinach mixture, place water, and garlic in a large pot, steaming over medium heat, covered. Once softened, drain any excess water that may be present. Pat dry with a towel (there should be no water present). Stir in minced garlic.  
3) For assembly, spread/sprinkle the spinach mixture on to the rectangle, pushing to about 1/4 inch from the sides. Sprinkle the nutritional flakes on top of the spinach. Fold the rectangle in half, lengthwise; pinching the seams to create a seal. Cut 6 strips (lengthwise) out of the rectangle (about 1 inch thick). Twist the strips a few times to create the effect. Place the strips on to a prepared baking sheet. Brush with oil and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 12 minutes (or until lightly browned). Let them cool slightly, and enjoy!

* There are many other effects you could create with these. Perhaps bake the rectangle open faced, or just slice without the twist. I have never tried it, but you could also bake them as buns, rolling the round pieces of dough around the spinach, and baking in a muffin cup.OR if you are feeling really adventurous, why not skip the nutritional flakes and spinach, and stuff them instead with cinnamon, margarine, and brown sugar, YUM!

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