Breadsticks are something that maybe you've never thought to make from scratch before. Maybe you've been intimidated by the thought of making a yeast dough, or maybe you've always thought of them as something you would only eat in a restaurant. Well, I am here, presenting you with this recipe to tell you that not only can you make homemade breadsticks, but you should!! They are soft and garlicky, and make an absolutely perfect accompaniment to your next dinner.
This dough is ridiculously easy to work with, really smooth and not too sticky. This is a recipe that benefits from the use of a kitchen scale, but if you don't have one, no worries! Some of your breadsticks just might be a little bigger than the others- so make sure you claim those ones for yourself!
Soft and Garlicky Breadsticks
For the dough:
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water
- 3/4 teaspoons instant yeast
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- scant 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces (about 1 3/4 cups) bread flour
For the topping:
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- pinch of garlic powder
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm water, yeast, sugar, butter, and salt. Using the dough hook attachment, gradually add the flour on low speed. Increase the speed to medium and knead the dough for about 7 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with loosely with plastic wrap. Let rest in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
Divide the dough into 6 (2 ounce) portions. Roll each pice of dough into a 7-inch log. Place the dough logs on a parchment-lined baking sheets, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 F. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with the salt and garlic powder. Serve warm.
adapted from handle the heat