Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Parmesan Garlic Breadsticks
See those breadsticks above?? Well, they mark a red letter day in my life. Seriously. Making any kind of homemade bread has never really been my forte. My first attempt at making bread turned out pretty bad ( was a lot younger then, but still....). Picture this: my family sitting around the table to enjoy a meal. Everyone takes one the rolls I have attempted to make, and no one really says a word because they are trying to be nice about it. Then, my little brother accidently drops one on his plate, and we all thought it would shatter his plate! Needless to say, they turned out really hard. We all just bust up laughing, and had a good laugh about it. Well, it's taken me a long time to attempt any kind of bread since then, but this recipe was delish! Even I could do it. So, friends, here you have it. The fool proof, delicious, Parmesan, garlic breadstick recipe. Enjoy!
1 1/2 cups warm (105-115 degrees) water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
3-4 1/2 cups flour
1. In a large bowl (the bowl of your mixer, if you have one), combine water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly.
2. Add salt and stir. Add 1 1/2 cup flour and mix well. Gradually add more flour (usually between 3-4 cups, depending on your elevation and your humidity) until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl and it barely sticks to your finger.
3. Spray a glass or metal bowl with cooking spray and place dough in the bowl. Cover and allow to rise for 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
4. Remove from bowl and place on a lightly-floured surface. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll into a rectangle and cut into 12 strips with a pizza cutter.
5. Take one dough strip at a time, drape over your forefinger and twist the dough. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining 11 pieces of dough. Try to space them evenly, but it's okay if they're close.
6. Cover pan and allow dough to rise for another 30 minutes. When there's about 15 minutes to go, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
7. When done rising, bake for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown. Rub some butter on top of the breadsticks and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and garlic salt.
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