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!

Printable Version

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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  1. Yummy! Keeping this one for the next spaghetti night!

  2. It's a good thing you can't gain weight by looking at food because I would be in TROUBLE! :) Bread makes me happy!

  3. My first bread was a brick. These look perfect!

  4. I love cheesy meals.. and I love your recipe.. short list ingredienys and seems easy to make.. thx for sharing it :D

  5. oooooo, now that is something that is just calling my delicious!

  6. Well those on the photo look so soft and delish! I love bread and yours look fantastic! Also I use same ingr. like you! for me the secret is in the flour..and so far only found one brand that is working for me- 'Five Roses Flour' the best!

  7. You know the Homer Simpson drooling noise? That's what's happening over here right now.

  8. Congrats. I am sure you have many bread successes in your future.

  9. They look great. If you want extra bread making information, Peter Reinhart's Bread Baker's Apprentice is a great source. I love the book because it took the guesswork and mystery out of the bread making for me!

  10. Nice job on the breadsticks! I found that breadmaking gets so much easier as you do it more. So just keep kneading!

  11. I'm glad you didn't let that one failure ruin you for making bread forever. If it did we wouldn't have gotten to see this awesome recipe! I love garlic bread sticks. They are perfect for dipping in marinara. Yours looks so easy too!

  12. Those look fantastic. I can just imagine the fragrant steam drifting up as one was pulled apart! We all have stories about rock-hard rolls or pie crusts or something. I'm glad you continued to hone your skills to the point that they are today because I can't wait to make them.

  13. This is my kind of bread - I like fool proof, I like delicious, I love Parmesan and I love garlic. This will be making an appearance on the holiday table.

  14. Stopping by to Wish You a Happy New Year! I am looking forward to more of your tasty recipes in 2011 :)

  15. I love making yeast breads and love the sound of these cheesy garlicky breads. I'm bookmarking it. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you're having a wonderful day,