Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Garlic Breadsticks

Here's a quick and tasty garlic breadstick recipe to serve alongside your favorite pasta dishes.  The recipe is 'supposed' to yield 20 breadsticks, which I obediently cut, shaped, and baked...with miniscule results.  Whether it was my impatience, imagination, or lethargic yeast, my breadsticks failed to poof up to standard.  I remember reading some time ago (on the Internet!) that yeast doesn't like garlic.  Whether or not this is actually true, I never got around to finding out (I won't base my conclusion on the somewhat-less-than-desirable results of this baking experiment).  I did read it on the Internet, after all.  And if it's on the Internet, it must be true, right?  I do know this though--the vast majority of garlic bread recipes I've seen call for a garlic application in the topping, rather than in the bread itself. 

Experienced yeast bakers out there: any thoughts???

Soft Garlic Breadsticks  (Makes 20)
From Allrecipes.com

1 cup + 2 Tbl. water (70 to 80°F) (I used 1 cup in my humid climate)
2 Tbl. olive or canola oil
3 Tbl. grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbl. sugar
3 tsp. garlic powder
1½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. minced fresh basil
3 cups bread flour
2 tsp. active dry yeast (I used instant yeast)
1 Tbl. butter, melted

In bread machine pan, place the first nine ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).  (I used my stand mixer and dough hook)
When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 20 portions. Shape each into a ball; roll each into a 9-in. rope. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Brush warm breadsticks with butter.


  1. Oooh, garlic breadsticks! They look fantastic! As far as the proofing goes, it might help leave the garlic powder out of the dough and just sprinkle it on top after they've proofed...come to think of it, I think that's how they make them at one of my favorite restaurants that makes them.

  2. I'm not the experienced baker you are looking for BUT these look awesome! I'm a fan of anything made out of bread. Yum!

  3. Yum! I've never thought about baking my own breadsticks but with this recipe I think I'll give it a shot. They look delicious!