Garlic Bread Twists

February 2015 011

My oldest is a pizza fanatic, I swear she asks for anything pizza every other day when she comes home during the school year.  And she has pretty strong opinions about how she likes her pizza – lots of crust, barely any sauce (homemade only), and cheese, but it has to be freshly grated whole milk mozzarella.  She’s got great taste.

I usually have sauce frozen to reheat at a moment’s notice, due to her obsession.  And this breadstick recipe is a breeze to put together, although you have to plan about two hours for rising time.  Did I mention that these breadsticks freeze beautifully?!

The seasoning mix is completely optional, but it definitely takes the breadsticks from basic to special.  You can make the seasoning mix in advance and store it in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

These breadsticks are so soft and delicious – I just know you are going to love them!

Fresh Soft Breadsticks Adapted from Our Best Bites

1 1/2 cups warm water

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 Tablespoon active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

3 1/2 cups bread flour

4 Tablespoons salted butter

1 recipe of garlic bread seasoning

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the water, sugar, and yeast.  Gently mix with the dough hook attachment for 1 minute, then let stand for 10 minutes.

Add the salt and stir with the dough hook to combine.  Add the flour slowly, mixing with the dough hook.  Continue to mix with the dough hook until the dough pulls away from the bowl and isn’t sticky.

Place the dough into a bowl (or dough bucket) to rise covered with a damp towel.  Allow the dough to rise until it’s doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently roll the dough into a rectangle.  Move the dough to a sheet of parchment and (using a pizza cutter) cut the dough into strips.

Spread melted butter on the dough, and dust the dough with garlic bread seasoning (recipe below) and then holding the ends of a dough strip in your hands twist in opposite directions.

Place the dough twist back on the parchment and continue making twists with the remaining dough.  I place them right next to each other so that they don’t unravel.

Cover with a damp towel and let rise for about 30 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Bake the breadsticks for 10-12 minutes, or until light brown.

Garlic Bread Seasoning Adapted from Our Best Bites

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning

1 teaspoon parsley

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

Mix together and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks in a covered container.

 

 

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