Homemade Breadsticks

  • 1 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • about 3 1/2 cups flour
Combine the water, sugar and yeast in a large bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes or until the yeast is bubbly.
Add salt to the mixture and stir. Add 1 1/2 cups of flour and mix well. Gradually add more flour until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl and it barely sticks to your finger – it’s usually 3-4 cups.
Spray a metal or glass bowl with cooking spray and place the ball of dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise for 45 minutes in a warm place until it’s doubled in size. (My friend, Lauren gave me a great tip she uses to ensure that the yeast is warm enough to rise. She puts the covered bowl in front of a space heater. I tried it and it worked like a champ!)
Remove the dough fro
m the bowl and place on a floured surface. Coat your baking pan with cooking spray. Gently roll the dough into a rectangle then cut into 20 strips with a pizza cutter.
Twist the dough and place each twisted bread stick onto the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough making sure to
leave some room between each bread stick. Cover pan and allow dough to rise for another 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. When the bread is done rising, bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Rub the tops of the bread sticks with butter then sprinkle with garlic salt and parsley.

(From For the Love of Cooking)

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