Friday, May 10, 2013

Famous Breadsticks

When folks head to a popular Italian restaurant chain for dinner, usually one of the big "draws" are the unlimited, super-soft breadsticks. Well, they're not difficult to make, and family and friends love to see them served at the table. This recipe is a fairly close adaptation of that famous restaurant's offering. 

Famous “Cloned” Breadsticks

2 tablespoons granulated sugar                                               
 3/4 teaspoon Red Star Platinum yeast 
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water                                          3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt                                                                      1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
 2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water in a small bowl or measuring cup and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes,
or until it becomes foamy on top. Combine the flour and salt in the EZ DOH bucket. Mix the softened butter into the flour with your fingertips.  When the yeast mixture is foamy, pour it into the flour mixture – EZ DOH it!  When smooth, remove the dough and spray the bucket with cooking spray. Replace the dough and cover with a clean dishtowel.  Let rise until it doubles in size. When the dough has doubled, divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece out on a countertop to form 7 inch sticks. Place the dough on parchment paper-lined or greased baking sheets, cover and set aside until the dough doubles in size. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the breadsticks for 10-15 minutes, or until golden. When the breadsticks come out of the oven, immediately brush each one with melted butter and sprinkle with a little garlic salt.

Makes 12-13 breadsticks


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