Monday, March 28, 2011

It's Bread Week! - Amanda's Soft Breadsticks

Fresh, aromatic, homemade bread is one of my personal
weaknesses!  So many people have asked me to help
them make bread so I have decided to focus a whole week
yeast bread that is.

I am going to start Bread Week with a great recipe my daughter
brought home from her junior high foods class a few years
ago.  She immediately made them and we all fell in love!

My older daughter, who is 9 years older,
decided if her sister could make bread, she could, and
it was all because of this easy recipe.

Having a mixer with a dough hook takes a lot of the work
out of making yeast breads!

Soft Breadstick Recipe

1 T. yeast
2 T. sugar
1 1/2 C. warm water
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 C. flour
1 cube butter, melted (1/2 C.)
Parmesan cheese, grated
Granulated garlic or garlic powder
Rosemary or parsley, dried
Salad Supreme (optional)

Mix the yeast, sugar and warm water.  You can use rapid
rise yeast if desired.  Add the salt and flour and knead for 5
minutes.  You can either knead by hand or with your mixer and
the dough hook. Spray Pam into your bowl, then place the
dough into the bowl and spray with more Pam.  Cover with plastic
wrap and let rise until double.  Usually about 1 hour.  Less if you
used the rapid rise.  (If I make mine in the Kitchenaid, I don't
grease the bowl, I just leave the dough in and spray Pam on
the top, then cover.

Place the melted butter in a 9x13 inch baking pan.  Lightly
flour your counter and roll out the dough into a rectangle. 
It will be about 15x20 inches.  Use a pizza cutter to cut it
into 12 strips about 1 1/4 inch wide.  Take one strip at
a time and dip both sides into the butter.  Then fold the
dough strip in half and twist it.  Place the breadsticks in the
pan, moving them aside as needed to continue dipping
the dough in the remaining butter.  

Sprinkle breadsticks with seasonings and cheese.  The Salad
Supreme adds a nice color but if you don't have it you don't
need it.  I used Rosemary on these.

Cover and let rise about 1/2 hour.

Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

These have granulated garlic, Parmesan cheese, rosemary and
Salad Supreme.

This batch was baking while I was starting this post.
There is nothing like the smell of bread in the oven.
I know these won't make it until dinner, they will be an
after school snack.

If you are nervous about making yeast bread, start with these
easy, soft, scrumptious breadsticks.

The last time I made these and took my first bite, I thought to
myself, "I could never totally give up white flour".   These
really are wonderful.

Bread is easy, you just have to make sure your water is not
too hot - that kills the yeast - or too cold - that doesn't let the
yeast grow.  Run the tap water and place your wrist under the
water, if it feels hot, it is too hot, if it feels cool, it is too cold.  

The other big mistakes are adding too much flour
(most bread dough should be sticky but is easier to handle after
it has risen), and not giving
the bread enough time to rise and enough time to bake. 

I will be posting with these fun parties,
go to any of them to see lots of great food and ideas.


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  1. Definitely going to give these a try. They look amazing!

  2. A whole week about bread??!!! Oh Yippee!! These bread sticks are a great way to get things rolling. :)


  3. Tha's delicious !! i will try to make that this

  4. I've been baking bread too..
    this is a fun post..I will make these one day..they look great!

  5. I LOVE your adding you to my blog list..come say hi some time :D

  6. I just took these out of the oven about 15 minutes ago and we couldn't wait, so I took a couple out of the pan so they'd cool faster and they're gone and my handsome husband went back in for more! Really easy and really tasty. I used parm, chopped chives and garlic powder. I'm (we're, I should say!) looking forward to tomorrow. Thanks!!

  7. Looks great Jacqueline! Love bread, I'm big into the Artisan Bread in 5. I look forward to seeing what else you whip up:@)

  8. Oh boy, you know how much I love bread. This looks like a recipe that I am going to have to try in the near future. It sounds wonderful.

  9. Oh boy, do these soft breadsticks look GOOD! I love your twisty version. I could never give up white flour either! Mmmmm:)

  10. Great profile picture!

    The breadsticks look sinful...just the way I like them.

  11. Your breadsticks look absolutely perfect! I think I may have to try a whole grain version of them! Definitely going in my need to make file!

  12. These look wonderful! I am still trying to perfect my bread making skills and I will definitely be trying these out. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  13. My husband is the bread baker in the family. I'm going to ask him to make these. ;-)

  14. These look delicious!
    One you let the shaped rolls rise in the pan before you bake them?
    Thank you.

  15. I'm saving this recipe for a luncheon next week- those breadsticks look gorgeous!

  16. Patricia, yes you do. I went back and corrected that. You just let them rise about 1/2 hour then bake. Sorry and thanks for pointing that out.

  17. Nice to put a face with a blog!

  18. Love baking bread and these will be delicious! Thanks for sharing..

  19. OK, that's's final!! I want to be you when I grow up! Is there nothing you CAN'T do...LOL
    Those bread sticks look sooo good!!

  20. Love the looks of your bread and thanks for the recipe. The bread sticks look so good.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  21. Though I'm a fan of homemade tortilla and only made Challah bread once (which turned out heavenly!), I would love to try more bread recipes. And yours sounds too easy to be true!

    It's been a while since I was reading you and wanted to ask you a little something - we're in the process of decorating our home (started from nothing, actually, we just built the place) and the kitchen is such a problem! It's square. Not too big but not too small either. While I can't get myself to define the optimum workspace I have to think about the appliances - the oven bugs me big time! I can still choose between an electric one and a gas oven. How do you stand? We were going for an electric, with no doubts but then we heard people say that gas does it better..

    Sorry to bug you with my worries, but I only know one person with a pizza oven in her home kitchen! ;)

  22. Such a delight to discover your blog! And I am so intrigued with your post on the Whipped Chocolate Bubble Bath...will definitely have to give that a try. Love all your lovely presentations too.


  23. Definitely going to try these. I love the way you twisted them--I think that would make the breadstick experience even more enjoyable! And I'm with you--not sure I could totally give up white flour. And homemade--even with white flour--is usually still healthier than storebought! :)

  24. Oh my these look so yummy! Thanks for sharing :) I am now your newest follower I hope you will follow me too :)

    I look forward to reading your future blog posts.

  25. Hmmmmmm, wonderful! Will definitely try these.


  26. These even taste more amazing than they look - and that was with Chase making them several years ago. I am determined to try this recipe.

  27. What a wonderful bread recipe; bread is my weakness! Thanks for making me drool tonight.

  28. I'm still a little overwhelmed by making my own bread, I'm so glad I came across u'r blog and at the right time too ... I can't wait to see the rest of it... These bread sticks look yummy!

  29. Jacqueline, Your breadsticks are gorgeous! I used to make bread lot but not so much recently. I do make my own pizza dough - does that count? lol
    Blessings, Beth

  30. I would love to make my own bread. I will grab and try your recipe. I hope it will turn out fine... Your blog is amazing! Im your newest follower. Marelie


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