Breadsticks, or as I have been known to call them, dinner. Sweet Treats and More makes these fabulous curly ones! Love!
Warm straight out of the oven, deliciously coated with garlic butter and sea salt, dipped in mustard vinaigrette , or a traditional tomato-garlic pizza sauce. Sooo yum!
I’m one of those people who dives straight into freshly baked bread. Even before it has time to cool, I carefully slice the crust off the end, spread it with fresh butter (by that I totally mean, rip the end off and slather it with butter) and ‘taste-test’ it.
When I make bread sticks I am quite happy to make a meal of just them. I am not alone either. In my family we always eat too many bread sticks and forget to leave room for dinner. Who needs dinner anyway when we have freshly baked, garlic-buttery bread sticks?
My advice is to serve these bread sticks with a bowl of soup or salad because once you start eating them you won’t want much else. It’s kinda like, “Would you like a little soup with those bread sticks?”
Believe me, make these and you will be famous!
Don’t be put off by the idea of baking your own bread. It is really quite simple and the ingredients are so, so basic. The only effort involved is in the kneading and if you have a bread machine or a stand mixer with a dough attachment then really -there is no effort. If you don’t have one of these then kneading the dough by hand takes 10 minutes, is incredibly easy and is worth the effort believe me.
Hope you Love these!
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
- To coat:
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1-2 finely diced garlic cloves
- 1 Tablespoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried rosemary, or mixed herbs.
- 1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese
- In a bowl mix the yeast, sugar, and 1 1/2 cups very warm water together and let sit for 2-3 minutes until it begins to foam.
- In another larger bowl (or in bowl of bread machine) mix together flour, oil and salt. Add the yeast liquid *and either mix by hand or use a stand mixer to mix all ingredients (If dough seems too sticky add an extra tablespoon or two of flour or if too dry add an extra tablespoon or two of water to make things easier).
- *If you are using a bread machine (on the dough setting) just let it do it’s thing and relax. Go to step 4, you don’t need to do anything else. Yay!
- When dough is *well kneaded place into a bowl that has been lightly coated with oil then lightly coat the top side of the dough with oil as well and cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm, draft free area until it has doubled (approx. 1 hour).
- *If using a bread machine just let the machine take care of all of step 3 for you.
- Divide dough into half and then divide each half into half again. You should have 4 equal balls of dough now. Now divide each of the 4 balls of dough into 2. You should have 8 equal balls of dough now. Coat your hands and workspace with flour and roll each ball into a 8-10 inch long bread stick.
- Place on baking sheet sprinkled with flour or covered with baking paper. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled.
- Bake at 375 Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Combine melted butter and garlic and brush on bread sticks when they come out of the oven.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and your choice of herbs or seeds and salt.
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