Soft Garlic & Herb Bread Sticks

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What makes a dish of pasta a meal? In our house warm and chewy breadsticks do. I don’t know what it is but there is something about a basket of fresh from the oven breadsticks that makes dinner complete. These breadsticks are from King Arthur Flour and are both easy and delicious. They require very little hands on time and you can make the dough ahead of time then let it sit until you are ready to pop them in the oven. I like to top with with a heavy dose of garlic powder and pizza seasoning but feel free to dust them with your favorite herbs and spices. Sea salt and rosemary, thyme and paprika, sesame seeds and oregano, the possibilities are endless.

Served alongside a steaming bowl of pasta, perhaps topped with a lamb ragu, these breadsticks have become a family favorite.
SOFT GARLIC & HERB BREAD STICKS
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for drizzling
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon pizza seasoning
  • Drizzle the oil on a 9″ x 13″ inch rimmed baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl using an electric mixer, combine the water, salt, flour and yeast. Beat for 1 minute.
  • Move the dough to the prepared baking sheet and using oiled fingers, manipulate the dough until it almost reaches the edges of the pan.
  • Use a pizza wheel or sharp knife to score the dough in 3/4″ wide crosswise strips then score them again once lengthwise.
  • Cover the pan and let the dough rise at room temperature for 60 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Lightly drizzle the the top of the dough with additional oil then sprinkle the garlic powder and pizza seasoning evenly over the top of the dough.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the breadsticks are a very light golden brown.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
  • Tip the breadsticks from the pan onto a wooden surface and use a pizza wheel or sharp knife to cut through the score lines.
  • Return the breadsticks to the pan, edge side up.
  • Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and serve warm.
Yields: about 3 dozen bread sticks
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