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 :)

    Unknown 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.

    Unknown 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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