Stir the yeast, water and sugar together in a mixer bowl.
Blend in the oil, salt and 8 oz flour.
Gradually add the remaining flour. Knead the dough until it is smooth and cleans the sides of the bowl, 5 minutes.
Remove the dough and place in a greased bowl and proof.
Roll out dough into a rectangle, about ¼ inch thick.
Cut the dough into 24 even pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist; bring the ends together, allowing the sides to curl together. Place on a paper-lined sheet pan.
Brush with egg wash and top with sesame seeds. Proof.
Bake at 375ºF until golden brown, 12-15 minutes.
Garlic Breadsticks---Knead 1 oz grated Parmesan and 1 oz minced garlic into the dough.
Herb Breadsticks---Knead 3 tbsp chopped fresh herbs such as basil, parsley, dill and oregano into the dough.