Monday, September 16, 2013

Pesto Twist Breadsticks

You can always tell it is fall at
Purple Chocolat Home
because we start baking again,
especially bread.

These are a variation of our
favorite breadsticks that my
daughter brought home from her
junior high cooking class.
You know they are EASY
when they are teaching them 
at the junior high.

The biggest mistake that people make when making 
bread is making the dough too stiff.  This is a moist
dough so you might be tempted to add more flour,
but don't!  Wait until it has risen and it will be much
less sticky. 

 Look at those beautiful air bubbles in this
wonderful dough.

Roll the dough out into a rectangle and then spread
your homemade or ready made pesto on the top
and cut into strips with a pizza cutter.

We have so much fresh basil this time of
year it is fun to make homemade pesto.

The strips are then dipped in melted butter that you have
poured into the bottom of your baking pan.  

Fold the breadstick in half with the pesto coated side together.
Twist a few times and place on the buttered pan.

Or as I found after a few and after I took this picture,
it was easier to fold in half and then dip.  When I
am dipping both sides in butter I have to do it
as pictured above but since the one side is already
full of goodness, it was easier to fold first and then

These rise so quickly and are getting ready to pop in the oven.

Top with parmesan cheese and bake.

Ooh Wee - I like fresh bread almost as much as 

Pesto Twist Breadsticks

1 T. yeast
2 T. sugar
1 1/2 C. warm water
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 C. flour

1/2 C. pesto
1/2 C. butter, melted
1/2 C. parmesan cheese

In your large mixing bowl mix the yeast, sugar and water and let
sit for a few minutes to foam.  Add salt and flour and using your
dough hook knead for 5 minutes.  The dough might not pull
completely away from the bowl, but don't worry, you want this soft.

Remove the dough hook and spray the dough with Pam.  Cover
the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise about one hour.

Flour your counter and turn dough out onto the floured surface.

Knead a few times incorporating a little flour if needed.

Roll the dough out into about an 15 x 10 inch rectangle.
Spread the pesto on the dough.

Cut the dough into about 12 strips.

Place the butter in the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan.

Fold the breadstick in half with the pesto sides facing and
then dip both sides in butter.  Twist several times and
place in bottom of pan.  Move completed breadsticks aside
so that you can continue dipping the remaining breadsticks.

Cover lightly and let raise for about 20-30 minutes.

Sprinkle with grated parmesan.

Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes or until golden.

(I needed a large batch this day so I made 1 1/2
the recipe and did it in a 13x18 inch bun pan.)

These were wonderful!

There is always something good coming from the
oven this time of year.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting.

(I splurged and bought myself the 
MacKenzie Child's Courtly Check Cannister Set
 so I had to feature it somehow!  - Definitely a splurge - see what a bad
influence some of you bloggers are on me?!!)


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Oh my goodness they look delicious, my mouth is watering and now I'm starving! LOL.

  2. I will be making these immediately!!

  3. O wowwww...saterday i will make these yammie...i am hungry now !!! Ria...x !

  4. I 've enjoyed making your first ones:)
    just made pesto:) Perfect timing.

  5. These look yummy. As soon as it turned cooler I was in the kitchen baking too.

  6. Oh, these do look yummy! Love the new CC canister. It's a perfect container for serving these beautiful, tasty bread sticks. ~ Sarah

  7. Your bread sticks look great Jacqueline! Love that you say it's a nice easy bread recipe-always looking for them:@)

  8. Those look delicious! Thanks for sharing! I made your Corn Cake for a dinner we went to recently. It was delicious! I'm going to have to try your bread recipe very soon! :)
    Congratulations on the McKenzie Child's purchase. I love everything they make!

  9. VERY delicious looking bread sticks! I imagine they were so good!

  10. Can I just come and visit you???
    I cannot bake. I try and try. Your sticks are so yummy. I can taste them all the way down here. That gorgeous cake too.I just love purple and chocolate.
    XXOO Marie Antoinette

  11. Oh my goodness - they must smell amazingly good!

  12. Oh Jacqueline, I want to eat one of those pesto breadsticks right now! Aren't they beautiful and so pretty displayed in your CC canister?? Love it!

  13. Wow those! I will be making these. A friend just had surgery and I am making dinner for them Wednesday night. This will be the perfect addition. Love your new MC canister. xo

  14. Oh yes....these look heavenly. What a great recipe for the young home economists!

  15. I might be one of those bad bloggers but I love your purchase. I must make these bread sticks! Big yum.

  16. These look incredible Jaqueline and so easy... easy enough for ME! Thanks for the great idea for my upcoming Girls Cabin Trip next month. They're gonna love em'!!

    Blessings, Edie Marie

  17. Right up my alley! Thanks for the recipe and the tip Jacqueline, about the sticky bread dough!


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