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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Olive Garden Bread Sticks


Found these on Pinterest and they have immediately become a hit! I found them to be a bit more dense then the actually Olive Garden bread sticks, but I made this in my kitchen aid, not the bread machine and it could have been I didn't let the dough rise enough. Also, I used All Purpose Flour as I didn't have bread flour on hand!

Ingredients:

For the Breadstick Dough:
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast OR 2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 4 1/4 bread flour (use all purpose if it's not available)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt

For the topping:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt

Instructions:

In your bread machine, add all the ingredients as instructed by your bread machine manufacturer. Usually its the liquids first, followed by seasonings, then flour - and very last you make a well in the flour and add the yeast.

Set your bread machine on the 'dough cycle'.

When the dough is done, pull of pieces of dough and roll into strips. Remember, they will get bigger after they have risen, so roll them out thinner than a typical breadstick to give room for them to grow. Place on a greased baking sheet. Set in a warm, draft-free area & let rise 45 minutes.


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.

While the breadsticks are baking, combine the topping ingredients. As soon as the breadsticks come out of the oven, brush the topping all over the breadsticks - saturating them with the yummy buttery concoction. Let cool for a couple of minutes before serving.

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