August 2, 2012

Olive Garden-style Breadsticks

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I can't remember the last time I was in Olive Garden; it was many many many years ago. Their breadsticks, I recently found out, are very popular and home bakers have been making their own Olive Garden-style breadsticks. All the recipes I found are of the typical soft white bread variety and I chose to adapt this one. The breadsticks flavored lightly with garlic are really soft and great with soup. I had them with baked pork and [black] beans. I love them.

Soft Breadsticks
2 cups unbleached bread flour
1½ teaspoons instant yeast 
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup very warm water, 120°F

  • 1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
    • In the bowl of a standing mixer, whisk together bread flour, yeast, and sugar. Add water and mix with a spoon or spatula until flour is evenly moistened. Sprinkle all-purpose flour all over and leave for 5 minutes.  
    • Attach dough hook and mix on low speed for 1 minute. Add salt and soft butter. Increase speed to low-medium and knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. 
    • Transfer dough in a lightly greased container, cover tightly with plastic film, and let ferment on the kitchen counter until doubled in bulk, about 1½ to 2 hours. 
    • Lightly knead dough to remove bubbles. Divide into 2-ounce portions and roll into 7-inch batons. Place on baking sheets 2 inches apart; cover with plastic film and let rise until doubled for 40 to 60 minutes. 
    • Bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 12 minutes or until golden in color. 
    • Remove from oven and immediately brush breadsticks with melted butter. Sprinkle with garlic salt. Serve warm. 

    the crumb is so soft with just a hint of garlic flavor


    Winnie said...

    OMG - I can almost smell the breadsticks
    I'd love these together with green-salad :)

    Luna Miranda said...

    i love bread sticks dipped in pesto sauce or garlic-cream cheese.:p

    you're a whiz--i wish i could bake.

    Dexie said...

    This is going to be perfect for my August project which is to bake bread at home. Thanks for the recipe.

    Lorraine Joy Alegria-Vizcarra said...

    Oh wow. You just amaze me. Good job!

    maiylah said...

    oh wow...perfect with anything, specially if fresh from the oven! galing-galing talaga!

    thanks so much for sharing and linking over at Food Friday, Ms. Oggi

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