Monday, August 8, 2011

Twisty Breadsticks

Oh. My. Goodness!  These breadsticks were so delicious!!  It is as simple as it gets for a yeast dough recipe, but the results are over the top...seriously...really, really good!  I made them Saturday night, and then again Sunday night because we ate them all and I wanted some more (but Sunday I doubled the recipe so we'd have some leftovers...and guess what I ate for breakfast this morning???...:))  These are delicious with some Alfredo sauce (the best recipe I've ever had...will post it tomorrow). 

Twisty Breadsticks
recipe from Our Best Bites
This is not the best picture...sorry...I'm having camera issues!!

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
3-4 1/2 cups flour, divided

Combine water, sugar and yeast in the bowl of your mixer (or regular bowl) and let stand for about 10 minutes until the yeast is bubbly.  Add in the salt and stir.  Add 2 cups of the flour and mix well until smooth.  Gradually add more flour until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of your bowl and is a little sticky. 

Spray a glass or metal bowl with cooking spray and place dough in the bowl.  Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes or until double in bulk. 

Remove dough from the bowl and place on a floured surface.  Roll into a rectangle about 9 inches wide and 18 inches long.  Cut into 12 strips with a pizza cutter.  Twist the dough being careful not to stretch it out too much.  Place on a greased baking sheet (using cooking spray).  Cover the pan with a cloth and allow the dough to rise for about 30 more minutes. 

When there's about 15 minutes left preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  When done rising bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Rub some butter on the top of the breadsticks and then sprinkle with Garlic Bread Seasoning (recipe to follow!) or you could just sprinkle with Parmesan, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings.

Garlic Bread Seasoning
recipe from Our Best Bites
1/2 cup powdered Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons basil
2 teaspoons marjoram
2 teaspoons parsley

Shake all ingredients together in an airtight container.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

You will absolutely LOVE these...stay tuned tomorrow for the Alfredo sauce that is KILLER with these!!
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