Recipe for Soft Featured Image - Breadsticks

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Soft Breadsticks is a quick and easy recipe to serve with just about any Italian dish. I love making them and my family loves to eat them! 

Serving Meatballs and Spaghetti with Soft Breadsticks

(Post modified with new photos on 4/12/23.)

The recipe makes 20 breadsticks, so there are plenty for a large gathering. Or you can freeze the leftovers for use later. They are wonderful with Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs or Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup.  

Serving Breadsticks for an Italian Dinner

Normally, when you work with a yeast bread, you have a long rising time. But not this recipe. After kneading, the dough rests for 10 minutes, and then it’s time to make your breadsticks. Once you have them formed on two baking sheets, you let them rise for 30-40 minutes until they are nice and puffy. Bake and then slather with the buttery garlic mixture. So yummy!

 

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Ingredients for Soft Breadsticks

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • warm water
  • butter (I use salted, unless otherwise indicated)
  • granulated sugar
  • instant yeast
  • salt
  • all-purpose flour

Topping

  • melted butter
  • garlic salt
  • dried rosemary, crushed

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients for this RecipeGather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm water, butter, granulated sugar, instant yeast, salt, and 2 cups of all-purpose flour. Mix well to combine. Add enough remaining flour until mixture sticks together and forms a ball.Knead with Dough Hook or by HandKnead with dough hook, or by hand on floured surface until smooth and soft, 5-6 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes.

Divide Dough and Roll into SticksDivide dough into 20 pieces and roll each into a 7-8″ stick.

Place Rolled Dough on Prepared Baking SheetPlace on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. Cover and allow to rise for 30-40 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire cooling rack.

Prepare the Garlic Butter

While the breadsticks are baking, prepare the garlic butter. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the dried rosemary.

If you want to use fresh rosemary, go ahead. Or use dried. Either way, crush it with a mortar and pestle to release it’s oils and flavors. Then stir in the butter and garlic salt. And crush the ingredients some more. I love any chance  to use my mortar and pestle. I encourage you to find ways to use one, too!

Brush Garlic Butter over the Warm Breadsticks

In a small bowl or in your mortar, combine the melted butter, garlic salt, and crushed dried rosemary. Brush over hot breadsticks.

Serve warm. Makes 20 breadsticks.

 

Converting This Recipe to Include Sourdough

Sometimes I will convert this recipe to include an active or “fed” sourdough starter. To do this, I will add 1 cup of fed sourdough starter and decrease the yeast to 1 teaspoon and decrease the flour to 4 cups. Otherwise, everything else stays the same.

Serve Breadsticks Warm with your Favorite Italian Food - Blue Willow Platter

The next time you make an Italian Dinner, be sure to bake some of these breadsticks. I just know you will love them as much as we do!

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Recipe for Soft Featured Image - Breadsticks

Soft Breadsticks

Here is a quick and easy recipe for delicious breadsticks to serve with just about any Italian dish, such as Spaghetti and Meatballs or Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rising Time: 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Serving Size 12

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Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter (salted )
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Garlic Butter Topping

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary (crushed)

Instructions

  • Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine water, butter, granulated sugar, instant yeast, salt, and 2 cups of all-purpose flour. Mix well to combine. Add enough remaining flour until mixture sticks together and forms a ball.
  • Knead by hand on floured surface until smooth and soft, 5-6 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 20 pieces and roll each into a 7-8" log. Place on baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. Cover and allow to rise for 30-40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to cooling rack.

Prepare the Garlic Butter

  • While the breadsticks are baking, prepare the garlic butter. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the rosemary. In small bowl or in the mortar bowl, combine melted butter, garlic salt, and rosemary. Crush some more.
  • Brush over hot breadsticks. Serve warm. Makes 20 breadsticks and serves 10-12 people.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter on this recipe site is salted.
**Sometimes I will convert this recipe to include an active or "fed" sourdough starter. To do this, I will add 1 cup of fed sourdough starter and decrease the yeast to 1 teaspoon and decrease the flour to 4 cups. 

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 0.003mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg

 

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