Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Almost famous breadsticks

I love this recipe that was in my Food network magazine. It makes wonderful bread sticks that I like to dip in the Alfredo and marinara sauces I've posted below! Yum!!!

Almost Famous Bread sticks

1 package active dry yeast
4 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons butter, softened
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon salt

For the topping:
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of dried oregano

To make the dough:
Place 1/4 cup warm water in the bowl of a mixer; sprinkle in the yeast and the sugar. Whisk to mix, and set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes.
Add the flour, butter, salt and 1 1/4 cups plus 2 Tablespoons warm water, mix with the paddle hook until a slightly sticky dough forms, about 5 minutes.
Knead the dough by hand on a floured surface until smooth and soft, about 3 more minutes. Roll into a 2 foot long log; cut into 16 equal size pieces. Knead each piece slightly and shape into a 7 inch long bread stick. arrange 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet. Cover with a cloth; let rise in a warm spot until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
Preheat the over to 400 degrees.
Brush the bread sticks with 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the butter and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Bake until lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile combine the remaing 1/4 teaspoon salt salt with the garlic powder and oregano. Brush the warm breadsticks with the reamaing 1 1/2 Tbsp melted butter and sprinkle with the flavored salt.


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