Saturday, February 18, 2012

Garlic Breadsticks

Soft and delicious!

for the breadsticks: 
1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons warm water 
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon salt

for the topping: 
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon oregano

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Set aside. 
Place 1/4 cup of the warm water in a the bowl of a stand mixer.  Sprinkle in the yeast and allow to dissolve for 5 minutes.
After it has dissolved, add the flour, softened unsalted butter, sugar, salt, and 1 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons water. Mix with a paddle attachment until the ingredients are just combined. Switch to a dough hook and mix until a sticky dough forms, about 5 minutes.
Place the dough on a floured surface and knead until soft, about 3 minutes.

Divide into 2 pieces and make 1 foot logs out of each of the pieces. Further divide each of the logs into 8 1 1/2-inch long pieces.

Roll out each piece into a 7-inch long breadstick and place on one of the prepared sheets.
Repeat with the other 15 pieces. Cover each sheet with a cloth and allow to rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
Brush the breadsticks with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the melted butter and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
While baking, combine the salt, garlic powder, and oregano. Once baked, brush the breadsticks with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with the flavored salt.
Source: Food Network

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