Today, we’re making some easy, delicious buttery breadsticks. Homemade breadsticks are so good – a cross between an amazing dinner roll and garlic bread. They are perfect to snack on and make any dinner a little more special. So, let’s get started!
HOW TO MAKE BREADSTICKS
Preparing the Yeast Mixture
First off, in the bowl of your stand mixer, add one cup of warm water (about 110 degrees Fahrenheit or 240 ml). To that, add two tablespoons of sugar to create a wonderful, sweet environment for the yeast. Next, add one package (quarter ounce) of active dry yeast, which is equal to two and a quarter teaspoons. Give that a whisk and set it aside for about five minutes or until it’s nice and foamy.
Mixing the Dough
In the meantime, melt three tablespoons of butter in a small bowl. Now, it’s time to add two cups (or 240 grams) of all-purpose flour to the yeast mixture. Also, add in three tablespoons of melted butter (or you can use oil instead). Attach a dough hook to your mixer and mix on low until it’s just combined.
After about a minute of mixing, add in the remaining half cup of all-purpose flour (60 grams) and one teaspoon of salt to enhance the flavor. Increase the mixer speed to medium and mix for about six minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Letting the Dough Rise
Prepare a big bowl by greasing it with a little bit of butter. Transfer the dough into the bowl, cover it loosely with a damp towel, and let it rise for about 45 minutes or until it’s doubled in size in a warm, cozy place.
Shaping the Breadsticks
Once the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a nine-inch rope and lay them onto parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving about two inches of space between each breadstick. Cover the breadsticks loosely and let them rise for about 30 minutes until they’re noticeably puffed.
Baking the Breadsticks
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the breadsticks for 12 to 17 minutes, or until they’re golden and beautiful.
Preparing the Garlic Butter Topping
While the breadsticks are baking, prepare a delicious garlic butter topping. Smash two cloves of garlic (or use half a teaspoon of garlic powder). Melt about two tablespoons of unsalted butter and add the minced garlic to the warm butter. Add half a teaspoon of salt (or less, if using salted butter). Mince a handful of parsley and mix it into the butter mixture.
Coating the Breadsticks
As soon as the breadsticks come out of the oven, brush them with the garlic butter mixture and grate some Parmesan cheese on top. The result: crisp on the outside, pillowy soft on the inside, and packed with flavor from the garlic, parsley, and Parmesan.
Now you’re ready to enjoy these delicious buttery breadsticks! Don’t forget to try this recipe, and if you like this, check out other bread recipes as well.
Tips and Variations:
- You can replace the melted butter in the dough with oil if you prefer.
- If you don’t have fresh garlic, use half a teaspoon of garlic powder for the garlic butter.
- Instead of parsley, you can use other herbs like rosemary or basil to add a different flavor to the garlic butter.
- For a spicier twist, add some crushed red pepper flakes or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the garlic butter.
- You can sprinkle the breadsticks with seeds like sesame or poppy seeds for added texture and flavor.
- For a cheesy variation, incorporate shredded cheddar or mozzarella into the dough before shaping the breadsticks.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can I make these breadsticks without a stand mixer?
A: Yes, you can make the dough by hand. Simply mix the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic.
Q: Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?
A: Yes, you can substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour, but this may result in denser and chewier breadsticks. To maintain a lighter texture, you can use a 50-50 mix of whole wheat and all-purpose flour.
Q: Can I freeze the breadsticks for later use?
A: Yes, you can freeze the baked breadsticks. Simply let them cool completely, then wrap each breadstick individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place the wrapped breadsticks in a freezer-safe container or plastic bag and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, bake the frozen breadsticks at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.
Q: Can I make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it?
A: Yes, you can prepare the dough and let it rise in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Make sure to cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap. When you’re ready to bake the breadsticks, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature before shaping and baking.
Q: How should I store leftover breadsticks?
A: Store any leftover breadsticks in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag at room temperature for up to 2 days. To reheat, place the breadsticks in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for 5-10 minutes, or until warmed through.
Required Kitchen Tools and Equipment:
- Stand mixer with dough hook attachment
- Mixing bowls
- Kitchen scale
- Baking sheets with parchment paper
- Damp towel
- Rolling pin (optional)
- Knife or dough scraper
- Pastry brush
- Garlic press or knife for mincing
- Cheese grater
These easy, delicious, and buttery breadsticks are perfect for snacking or as a side dish to make any dinner more special. Brushed with garlic butter and topped with Parmesan, they’re a delightful combination of a dinner roll and garlic bread.
1 cup (240 ml) warm water (110°F)
2 tbsp sugar
1 package (1/4 oz or 2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour, divided
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
2 tbsp additional unsalted butter, melted (for brushing)
Fresh parsley, minced (optional)
Grated Parmesan cheese (for topping)
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, sugar, and active dry yeast. Whisk and set aside for about 5 minutes or until foamy.
- Add 2 cups (240g) of all-purpose flour and 3 tablespoons of melted butter to the yeast mixture.
- Attach the dough hook to the mixer and mix on low until combined.
- Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup (60g) of all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon of salt while mixing.
- Increase the speed to medium and mix for about 6 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and let it rise for about 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces.
- Roll each piece into a 9-inch rope and place them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches of space between each breadstick.
- Loosely cover the breadsticks and let them rise for 30 minutes, or until noticeably puffed.
- Bake for 12 to 17 minutes or until golden.
- In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of melted butter, minced garlic (or garlic powder), and minced parsley (if using). Mix well.
- Brush the hot breadsticks with the garlic butter mixture and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top.
- Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: 1 breadstick
- Calories: 150 kcal
- Sugar: 2 g
- Sodium: 202 mg
- Fat: 4.8 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.9 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 1.9 g
- Carbohydrates: 23 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 3.6 g
- Cholesterol: 12 mg