Monday, February 1, 2010

Bread Sticks

Since I started my recipe quest, I have been tagging and bookmarking recipes left and right- so many things I want to try! Lately I have been tweaking most recipes to get them to our liking.

Homemade bread usually doesn't stand a chance in our house- we love it! There aren't many things better than fresh bread coming out of the oven! Yummm! What goes better with soup than breadsticks??


1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
1 1/4 cups plus 2 tbsp warm water (110 degrees)


3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/8 to 1/4 tsp garlic powder
pinch of dried oregano

Place 1/4 cup war water in the bowl of a mixer and sprinkle the yeast over the water. Set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add the flour, butter, sugar, salt and water; mix with paddle attachment until a slightly sticky dough forms (about 5 minutes).

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand until very smooth and soft (about 3 minutes). Roll into a 2 foot long log and cut into 16 pieces (1 1/2 inches). Roll each piece and shape into a 7 inch long breadstick.

Arrange 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm spot about 45 minutes. (Don't be alarmed that these don't "double" in bulk like some bread recipes- they rise slightly).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush the breadsticks with 1 1/2 tbsp butter and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp kosher salt. Bake until lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Combine the remaining 1/4 tsp salt with garlic powder and oregano. Brush the warm breadsticks with the remaining 1 1/2 tbsp melted butter and sprinkle with flavored salt. (For the kids, I brushed with the melted butter, but left off the garlic powder, salt and oregano- and they were just as yummy).

The picture does not do these breadsticks justice- I could not get a good picture! They were soft and airy and oh so yummy!! Tony took a couple to work for lunch and shared with a co-worker. His co-worker said I could start sending those to work for snacks along with everything else I send!

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