Saturday, January 15, 2011

Olive Garden Breadsticks*


Recipe from ABC News

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm
  • water (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 16 ounces bread flour (3 cups)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • On top:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

  • Cooking Directions

    Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water in a small

    bowl or measuring cup and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes,

    or until it becomes foamy on top.

    Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Use the paddle

    attachment on a stand mixer to mix the softened butter into

    the flour. If you don't have a stand mixer, use a mixing spoon

    to combine the butter with the flour. When the yeast mixture

    is foamy, pour it into the flour mixture and use a dough hook

    on your mixture to combine the ingredients and knead the

    dough for approximately 10 minutes. If you don't have a stand

    mixer, combine the ingredients and then knead the dough

    by hand on a countertop for 10 minutes.

    Place the dough in

    a covered container and let it sit for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until it

    doubles in size. When the dough has doubled, measure out 2-ounce portions

    and roll the dough between your hands or on a countertop

    to form sticks that are 7 inches long. Place the dough

    on parchment paper-lined baking sheets, cover and set aside

    for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size once

    again.

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    Bake the breadsticks for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

    When the breadsticks come out of the oven, immediately

    brush each one with melted butter and sprinkle with a little

    garlic salt.

    Makes 12-13 breadsticks

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