Friday, February 22, 2013

Olive Garden Breadsticks (Quick & Easy too!)

I've been in the mood to bake alot lately.  I blame the weather.  Wintery, stormy weather just makes me want to hole up, bake and eat comfort food.  It probably doesn't help either that out of all the zillion pages of recipes I want to try, more than half of them are desserts or quick breads.  But even if you don't have all day to bake, these breadsticks are too easy to pass up.  They are delicious and so quick to make!  Serve with pasta, soup or anything else your hearts desires.

Olive Garden Breadsticks
From Jamie Cooks It Up!, slightly adapted by Egg Free Bakery

1 1/2 cups hot water
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp butter, softened
4-5 cup flour
1 Tbsp instant yeast

3 Tbsp butter melted 
kosher salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Turn your tap water on and using your wrist to test the temperature of the liquid, when it feels nice and warm but not scalding, fill a liquid measuring cup with 1-1/2 cups warm water.  Pour the water into a stand mixer. Add the sugar, salt, yeast, softened butter and 2 cups of flour.  Using the paddle attachment, mix the dough on low speed.  Add the rest of the flour about a half cup at a time, until the dough scrapes the sides of the bowl clean.  Mix the dough for 3-5 minutes until smooth and elasticPreheat your oven to 170 degrees.  Spray your counter top and your hands with cooking spray. Take the dough out of the mixing bowl and divide into 12-14 pieces.  Roll the pieces into long snakes. (Once you set them in the pan, they will shrink a bit.) Spray 2 large cookie sheets with cooking spray, and lay the breadsticks out leaving about 2 inches between each one. Place the pans in the preheated oven and let the dough rise for about 15 minutes, or until doubled in size. Once the breadsticks have risen, remove them from the oven. Brush them with the 1-1/2 Tbsp of the melted butter and sprinkle them with the kosher salt. Return them to the oven and turn the heat to 400 degrees. The dough will rise a bit more as the oven temperature increases. Once it has hit 400 degrees, continue baking the breadsticks for about 12 -15 minutes, or until golden brown. Half way thought the baking period  open up your oven and switch the bottom pan to the top, and the top to the bottom. This will ensure they cook evenly.  While the breadsticks are baking combine the rest of the melted butter with 1/4 tsp garlic powder.  When the breadsticks are golden brown, remove them from the oven and brush them with the melted butter/garlic mixture. Serve immediately.  They are better that way!

*If you happen to have leftovers, reheat them in the microwave wrapped in a paper towel.

1 comment:

  1. Okay, now I have to figure out what we are having for dinner. Because we are having breadsticks for sure! Thanks for sharing.