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Italian Breadsticks



Italian Breadstick Recipe


Fresh baked breadsticks with Italian flavors; crusty on the outside and soft and tender inside. They will be gone the moment they come out of the oven!

Another recipe which sat in the draft unattended, half cooked. All of a sudden my spirit to cook and blog has disappeared. It could be the heat or the beginning of the summer break and the desire that comes with it to laze around and spend a zillion memorable moments with the kids or the plain fact that I feel like eating only fresh fruits and berries and salads. I don’t know…I had thought the break I took would do me good, but at the back of the mind that fear lingered that once I lost touch I would not be able to get back again. The half written posts are annoying, the pictures amiss and the proportions and ingredients quite a muddle in my head. It takes a longer time to put everything together.

Well, here I am with nothing else but some w(h)ine and  bread sticks which were made the first place after I craved the Olive Garden’s Antipasto & Zuppa; the bread sticks and the minestrone soup which we get for ourselves every single time.


Italian Breadstick Recipe


These were not exactly the Olive Garden kind; not as soft topped, but crusty on the outside and gentle and hollow on the inside just the way I like my breads. Rustic, fresh, and warm. I am not fond of bread except when I make them at home and then they don’t last too long.

The plate in the picture is the end result of one night when we visited a clay house to paint our own potteries. I painted this plate ;-)



Italian Breadsticks


Ingredients:

  1. 1.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  2. 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  3. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  4. 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  5. warm water to make the dough
  6. 1 tablespoon sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  8. 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  9. 1 teaspoon dried herbs, like oregano (or whatever you prefer), crushed



For topping/to brush on the bread:

  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted or extra virgin olive oil
  2. salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon  garlic powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs, crushed

Notes: Use olives, sun dried tomatoes, peppers etc to have breadsticks with different flavors.




Preparation:


Topping:


Combine all ingredients for the topping in a bowl and set aside.




Dough & Baking:


Take 1/4 cup warm water in the bowl; dissolve half the sugar and  sprinkle in the yeast and set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Combine the flour, butter, olive oil, garlic powder, powdered herbs, rest of the sugar and salt and mix till the flour mixture gets crumbly.

Add the frothy yeast  mix and combine everything together, while slowly adding some warm water to make a soft but NOT sticky dough.

Knead the dough by hand on a floured surface until very smooth and soft. Roll into a long log; divide into the number of rolls you want to make (calculate the number by how big you want the sticks to be).

Knead each piece slightly and shape into a  breadstick; arrange 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with a cloth; let rise in a warm spot until almost doubled, about an hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Brush the breadsticks with the prepared topping and sprinkle some coarse salt.

Lightly cover and let it rise for another half an hour.

Bake until slightly golden, about 15-20  minutes or until very light golden.

If desired, brush the warm breadsticks with the topping mix.

Serve warm. Tastes best when served immediately.

Serve with soup or just by themselves with some herbed olive oil on the side.



Italian BreadStick Recipe


The Breadsticks are Yeastspotted!





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25 comments to Italian Breadsticks

  • Breadsticks looks awesome….nice pics…I know I get this sudden fist of taking break too..but it’s gud to see you around :)

  • Breadsticks are awesome….perfect for breakfast or tea time…So tempting clicks

  • I love Italian breadsticks…your looks perfect..It’s happening with me, too, I think it’s the effect of summer vacation, schools are closed, me too getting lazier day by day..don’t disappear dear..your clicks are so appetizing

  • We love you … w(h)ine and all. :p
    Perfect looking breadsticks Soma! Egulo ki khub choto sizer hoye? Mone hoye na … jodi ota ekta dinner plate hoye.
    Tumi toh darun painting korte paro! I cannot draw or paint to save my life. :-(

    ;-) Thats what keeps me going. thank you!

    they were the size of the palm – as long. The plate is a small side plate.
    Darun korte gechilam.. LOL kintu besh hiji biji hoye gelo painting ta. came out nothing like what I had envisioned, took quite a different path during the process.

  • Bread sticks are great to dip in soups, looks delicious.

  • Looks so so perfect and yumm, i can imagine the aroma when you bake them.

  • BongMom

    Soma, guest ra chole gechen ? Phewwwww !!!

    That plate is so very pretty and the soft, cloud like bread rolls look perfect

  • Mmm, I can’t wait to try these breadsticks! I was planning on making Tomato Tortellini soup on Friday night, these will be a perfect accompaniment.

    Your plate is beautiful, by the way! You are talented in and out of the kitchen :)

  • Those breadsticks look wonderful! I’d love to dip that bread in olive oil…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • You telling me you painted that..:shaking head and eyes’s bulls eye’s: ..seriously?? AWESOME piece of work..you are really on talented woman..hugs :)
    these breadsticks are the love of my life..I go to every Italian restuarant ,order something huge,finish these things within 2 mins they come and give impression to people there that I am from Somalia and then wont finish my main course..Same story all d time..now getting those cravings again..I want it with balsamic NOW..!!

  • Definitely making this one. Easy enough for a bad baker like me :) !

  • Arti

    Wonderful breads served on a beautifully painted Plate!!! Can I have one? ;-) (Not the bread, but plate!!) ;-)

  • These breadsticks look perfect! I love Italian breadsticks — they are so comforting. I can just imagine how delicious your house smelled while baking these!

  • Ivy

    Great looking bread sticks. I can’t stop eating them.

  • Wonderful breadsticks!! They’re so addictive!!

  • Stunning..you are so talented..WOW! Breadsticks look awesome..beautifully baked!

  • Those bread sticks look amazing. I am going to have to make them the next time I make pasta. I love bread!

  • yum fresh home made bread stick & that too on self painted plate…..wah kya baat hai….

  • Freshly baked breadsticks sound so wonderful! Yum!

  • Your bread sticks look so much better than Olive Garden’s

  • Yumm! the bread sticks look sooo good!! I miss the authentic ones you used to get in Italian restaurants, before they were swapped for the simple sourdough bread these days:( Thank God OG still has them:)

    btw, I’m hosting a Magic Bullet giveaway on my blog, and it’d be great if you could participate!

    hope to see you around:) take a break, but don’t disappear:) I have a 10 month old who hardly leaves me any time to cook, forget blogging about it:)

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