Quick and Easy Breadsticks

Easy Garlic Bread Sticks

Oh goodness.  If you want to drive yourself absolutely crazy with delicious breadsticks baking right in your own oven, keep reading.  Want to drive someone else crazy?  Invite them over for dinner when you make these breadsticks and then don’t let them have any. Don’t be silly.  You can’t eat all of these by yourself, so be a nice person and share them. I wish that I could claim this recipe as my very own, but Jamie at Jamie Cooks It Up is the proud owner of this one.  I….am simply someone who tried the recipe, loved it in every way, and have now blogged about it, and will definitely continue to use it often. These are easy, easy, easy.  And I ought to mention that they can be a tad addictive.  They can be made, start to finish, in about an hour.  It takes the pizza guy longer than that to deliver a mediocre breadstick product, so make these yourself and scoff at the thought of ever ordering another breadstick (even from that place that offers unlimited breadsticks and salad with your meal). Oh, and this little post comes with a testimonial that you can believe:  Gavin (4 years old with the wisdom of the ages) multiple times, with great enthusiasm, proclaimed these to be better than Cinnamon Chex.  Kade (20 months old) was enamored with picking the crispy cheese off them.  Something for everyone. 

Quick and Easy Breadsticks

Recipe by Jamie @ [Jamie Cooks It Up|http://jamiecooksitup.net/2009/10/quick-and-easy-breadsticks/}

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2- 4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup butter--the real stuff
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan or mozzarella cheese
  • Johnny's Garlic Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Mix the water, sugar and yeast together in the bottom of your mixer bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then add the salt
  2. With the mixer running, add the flour, one cup at a time, until it is well incorporated and dough just leaves the sides of the mixing bowl. Be careful not to add too much flour, this is a medium soft dough. Mix on high for 5 minutes. Then, turn off mixer and let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Melt the butter and pour half of it into a jelly roll pan (large cookie sheet). Use a pastry brush to paint the butter around the inside of the pan, including the sides.
  4. Place the dough in the center of the pan. Let it sit for 2 or 3 minutes. This is important because it gives the dough a chance to relax, which makes it much easier to work with.
  5. With your hands, spread the dough out flat onto the pan until it reaches all of the edges. Doing all of the spreading and cutting of these bread sticks, in the pan makes cleaning up your counter so much easier!
  6. Pour the other half of the butter onto the dough. Spread it around with your hands. You'll feel like a kid again getting to play with your food. Very cathartic. Sprinkle the Johnny's Garlic Seasoning all over the dough. Then sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the Johnny's.
  7. With a pizza cutter cut the dough into three rows lengthwise, and then into about 12 little cross-wise rows.
  8. Put the pan into a 170 degree oven for about 7-10 minutes. This helps the breadsticks to have a quick rise time.
  9. Without removing the breadsticks from the oven, turn your oven up to 350 and bake for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown. (This could take up to 20 minutes depending on your oven.)
  10. When the breadsticks come out of the oven, let them sit and rest again for about 5 minutes. Then redefine your cutting lines with the pizza cutter.
  11. It is easiest to use a pair of cooking scissors to cut the edges where the pizza cutter can't reach.

Notes

A single batch of this dough can be made in a stand mixer. For a double or triple batch of it, make it in a mixer such as a Bosch.

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Put the warm water, yeast, and sugar into a measuring cup or in the bottom of the mixing bowl.  I generally use a 2+ cup measuring cup just because I like to watch the yeast to its yeasty thing.
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 When the yeast has been activated and starts to become foamy, it’s ready for the salt and flour to be added.
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Measure out the salt and add it to the yeast mixture.
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 Turn on the mixer to a slow or medium speed and add the flour once cup at a time, allowing the flour to be incorporated into the slurry before adding the next cup of flour.  When the dough leaves the side of the bowl, turn the mixer on high (if you have not already had to do so with the increasing weight of the flour.)  Mix on high for 5 minutes.  Turn off mixer and allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes.  I cover the bowl with a damp dish towel to help keep the dough from drying out.
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Melt the butter.  Pour half of it on the baking pan.  Coat the pan with the butter using a pastry brush…or your hand…whichever one suits your fancy.
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Turn the dough out onto the buttered pan.  Let it rest for a few minutes.  Resting the dough allows it to relax, making it much easier to work with.
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With your hands, spread the dough out flat to conform to the shape of the pan.  It is best to work from the center out to the edges.  The dough may be a bit resistant about staying in the corners.  You have some choices to make at this point.  You can either ignore the dough’s reticence about the corners or you can stand and continuously push the dough back into the corners until it mostly stays.  It all comes down to how OCD  you are.  Notice how I am not showing you the corners in these pics…my psychological state is really not open to discussion here.
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Pour the remaining butter onto the dough and smooth it around on top of the dough with your hands.  Very therapeutic feeling warm butter across dough.
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This is a bottle of Johnny’s Garlic Spread Seasoning.  I love Johnny’s products and they can be found at many grocery stores in the spice isle along with other similar items.  Try Johnny’s seasoning salt.  It is the best!  Sprinkle the garlic spread seasoning over the buttered dough.  This is a flavor intensive product so don’t over-do it on the seasoning.
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Grate some parmesan cheese and scatter it over the dough.
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With a pizza cutter, cut the dough into three sections lengthwise and about 12 sections crosswise.  Put the pan of dough into a preheated 170-degree oven for about 7-10 minutes.  This will give the dough a chance to rise.  Then, without removing the pan from the oven, turn the oven up to 350-degrees F. and bake the breadsticks for 12-20 minutes until light golden brown.  Each oven is different so take a look at the breadsticks after 12 minutes and see if they are how you like them.
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Take the breadsticks out of the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes.  Then, with the pizza cutter, re-cut the lines.
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Use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut the edges where the pizza cutter couldn’t reach.
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 Aren’t these beautiful?
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