In continuing with my bread baking obsession I made homemade breadsticks to compliment my Three Cheese Raviolis at last weeks LA Family Dinner! The result was a thick, flavorful breadstick which was perfect by itself or dipped in my homemade Tomato Basil Marinara!
Ingredients – Breadsticks
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 package (.25 oz) yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups bread flour
- 2 tbsp butter (softened)
- olive oil cooking spray
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (shredded)
Start by combining the yeast, sugar and warm water in a small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes or until the mixture begins to bubble.
Combine the salt and flour in a large mixing bowl then add the yeast mixture and stir well. Next fold in the butter.
Once a solid ball of dough forms place it on a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
Place the ball of kneaded dough in a large bowl sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap.
Allow to set for 45 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
Now that the dough has doubled, separate into 12 equal sized ovals.
One by one stretch each breadstick out to about 12 inches in length.
Next fold in half.
Now twist the two sides together.
Once all 12 have been twisted, cover and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.
While they’re rising pre-heat the oven to 400° and prepare the garlic herb topping.
Start by melting the butter in a small mixing bowl, then add the remaining ingredients.
Brush the mixture over the breadsticks.
Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
Remove when the garlic herb mixture starts to brown.
Remove from baking sheet and place on a serving dish.
♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.