Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bread sticks: Quick and Easy

I love bread!  I also have this fascination with all the aspects of making good bread, the science behind it.  It is so satisfying to slice into a fresh loaf that has just cooled and see how perfectly it has turned out.  Video of this is definitely food porn!  I have found that generally it takes time and patience but in the end you are rewarded with anything better than you could ever buy.  And you should always wait until your bread has cooled completely before cutting into it.  But this recipe contradicts all of that. 

You can have soft, hot and flavorful bread sticks in about an hour......from scratch!  This recipe makes a jelly roll pan full but at my house it is usually gone in less than 24 hours.  They are best warm right out of the oven but rewarming them in the microwave for about 10 seconds is a close second. 

Bread sticks

1/2 C warm water
2 T sugar
1 T Quick rise (Instant or bread machine) yeast
1 C warm buttermilk
3/4 tsp salt
3 1/2- 4 C flour
6 T butter, divided
1-1/2 tsp garlic salt
1-1/2 Italian seasoning
3/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese
3/4 C Shredded Asiago cheese

In your mixing bowl combine the yeast, sugar, warm water and 1/2 cup flour.  Stir to combine, it will be lumpy.

Allow to sit for about 15 minutes until it becomes a little bubbly. 

Add remaining flour and and mix for 5 minutes.  While your dough is mixing melt 2 Tablespoons of butter and pour into jelly roll pan, spreading to cover the bottom of the pan and all the sides. 
Dough is ready when it is smooth but a little sticky (it should stick to your fingers but pull off when you pull away). 

Allow dough to rest for 5 minutes (it will make it easier to form the dough to the pan and not keep bouncing back).  While dough is resting shred the cheeses finely. Place dough in buttered pan and spread evenly with your hands to cover the bottom of the pan.
Melt remaining 4 Tablespoons of butter, pour over dough and spread with a pastry brush covering all the dough all the way to the edges.

Sprinkle dough with garlic salt, garlic seasoning and then the cheeses.

Cut the dough into three pieces on the long side and 12 rows on the short side creating 36 long thin sticks.
Place pan in a COLD oven and turn oven on the 350 degrees.  Once oven reaches 350 degrees bake for 12-15 minutes, turning pan half a turn after 8 minutes, until they bread sticks are golden.
Wait 5 minutes and re-cut the slices you made before baking.  Enjoy while still warm.

1 comment:

  1. YUM! I can just smell and imagine tasting these. Bread is my weakness! I will have to try this! Thanks!