Breadsticks

If you love Little Caesars crazy bread, this breadstick recipe is for you. These soft breadsticks are brushed with garlic butter, and sprinkled with parmesan cheese, making them super addictive and delicious.

These breadsticks are very popular in my house, even though the recipe makes 12 they don’t last very long. If I am making soup, or pasta, my girls will expect these breadsticks to be a part of the meal for dipping and dunking . Other times I just make them as a treat on a cold day. The warm garlicky bread is perfect to dip in warm pizza sauce, or to just eat with no dipping required. If you, or your family, loves crazy bread I highly suggest trying this easy and delicious recipe out.

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HOW TO MAKE BREADSTICKS

This recipe is really simple to make, and the yeast based dough comes together very quickly. This is a great beginner recipe, and even if you haven’t made bread before these breadsticks will probably still turn out perfectly.

To make the dough start by placing the warm water and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer, then sprinkle the yeast over top. Use a spoon to stir together until yeast is incorporated into the water, then wait five minutes while the yeast blooms before continuing. While I wait for the yeast to wake up I grease a large metal bowl with butter, or oil, to place the dough in after it is prepared.

Once the yeast has bloomed add the flour, salt, and olive oil to the bowl of the stand mixer. Then using the dough hook attachment knead the ingredients together. Once the ingredients are all incorporated allow the dough to continue to knead for about five minutes, until you have a smooth ball of dough that is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl.

Remove the dough from the bowl of the stand mixer and place it into the greased bowl that was prepared earlier, cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for about 1- 1 1/2 hours. The dough should be doubled in size before you move on too shaping the breadsticks.

Once the dough has doubled in size punch it down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Use your hands to press the dough into a large rectangle, about 12″ by 4″, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Now use a pizza cutter, or sharp knife, to cut the dough into 1″ wide breadsticks. Place the 12 breadsticks onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and allow the breadstick to rise about 20-30 minutes. This is a good time to preheat the oven to 400 degrees so it will be ready as soon as the breadsticks have rested.

When the oven is at temperature, and the breadsticks have rested enough to start puffing up a bit, place them into the oven to bake for about 15 minutes. I like to turn the tray halfway through he bake time to ensure and even bake, when the breadsticks are just turning golden they are finished baking and can be removed from the oven.

During the last few minutes of bake time I like to get my garlic butter mixture and parmesan cheese ready.

Once the breadsticks are out of the oven immediately, and generously, brush the butter mixture over each breadstick and then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Now they are ready to serve and I bet they are gone before they even have a chance to cool.

If you do have any leftover breadsticks they stay fresh really well into at least the second day, just place in an air tight container to keep them from getting stale. If this makes to many these breadsticks also freeze really well, again in an airtight container, and you can just take the out of the freezer when needed.

Breadsticks

Buttery, garlicky, soft breadsticks
Servings 12 breadsticks

Ingredients
  

  • cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • tsp. active yeast
  • tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour

Garlic Butter Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 tsp. salt omit if using salted butter
  • tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 cup powdered parmesan for sprinkling on top

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer place the warm water and sugar, sprinkle the yeast over top then stir to combine. Allow the yeast to bloom for about five minutes before moving on to the next step. While waiting grease a large metal bowl with butter, or oil, to put the dough in to rise.
  • Once the yeast has bloomed add the flour, salt, and olive oil to the bowl of the stand mixer. With the hook attachment mix the ingredeints on low speed until everything is combined. Then let the dough knead for 5 minutes until it forms a ball that doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl. Remove the ball of dough and place it into the greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 – 1.5 hours (until doubled in size)
  • Once the dough has doubled in size punch it down and then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Use your hands to press the dough into a long rectangle, about 12" x 5" in size. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 1" wide breadsticks, you should end up with 12 breadsticks total.
  • Place the breadstick onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and allow breadsticks to rest about 20-30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees so it is ready when the breadsticks have just started to puff up.
  • Place the breadsticks into the oven and bake for 15 minutes, turning the tray halfway through baking time.
  • While the breadsticks are cooking prepare the garlic butter for brushing over the top of the breadsitcks. Place the butter into a small bowl then melt it in the microwave. Add the salt, garlic and onion powder into the melted butter and stir to combine. Measure out 1/4 cup of the powdered parmesan to sprinkle on top of the finished breadsticks.
  • Once the breadsticks are fully baked, should just be starting to turn golden coloured, remove from the oven and palce the cookie pan onto a wired rack. Using a pastry brush genrously brush the tops of each breadstick until they've all been coated. Take the powdered parmesan and sprinkle the top of each breadstick until they've all been dusted. Sserve breadsticks while still warm with your favourite dip, or meal.

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