Love bread? Love garlic? Oh good, me too. I think we'll get along fine.
As far as I'm concerned, these breadsticks should be able to save you from ever having to step foot in a particular "Italian" chain restaurant again. You can even offer to grate fresh Parmesan for your family members if you want to kick up the illusion. :)
I love that there is just one rising step in this recipe, making these speedy to whip up before dinner.
Soft Breadsticks with Garlic Butter (adapted from this recipe)
- 1 1/4 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (1 package)
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- In large mixing bowl, add water, oil, honey, and yeast; mix to combine and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes or until yeast starts to foam. Add flour, basil and salt.
- Using the dough hook on a stand mixer, knead the dough for about 5 minutes. The dough should form a ball and "clean" the sides of the bowl. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour, one tablespoon at a time.
- Turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface and divide into 18 portions*. Roll each portion into a ball and then make a rope about 9" long. Place the ropes on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets; cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm area for about 40 minutes or until double in size.
- Sprinkle breadsticks with parmesan and bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Combine the butter and the garlic powder and brush on warm breadsticks.
**Leftover breadsticks reheat well in a warm (250 degrees F) oven for 10 minutes.