Prep 50 mins
Cook 20 mins
I found these tasty breadsticks in a Good Housekeeping cookbook. With quick-rise yeast, they don't need the long rising time of other yeast breads.
- 2 (1/4 ounce) packages fast rise yeast
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 4 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄3 cups very warm water (120 to 130 F)
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons caraway seeds or 3 tablespoons sesame seeds or 3 tablespoons poppy seeds or 3 tablespoons coarse salt or 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- In large bowl, combine yeast, salt and 2 cups flour.
- Stir in very warm water; beat vigorously 1 minute.
- Stir in oil.
- Gradually stir in 2 1/4 cups of the flour.
- If using caraway seeds, stir them in now.
- Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
- Work in just enough of remaining dough to keep dough from sticking.
- Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let rest 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Grease 2 large cookie sheets.
- Cut dough in half.
- Cover one half; cut remaining half into 32 equal pieces.
- Shape each piece into a 12-inch long rope.
- Place ropes 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.
- If not using caraway seeds, sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, salt or Parmesan.
- Bake until golden and crisp, about 20 minutes (if using 2 cookie sheets, rotate in oven halfway through cooking time).
- Rosemary-Fennel Variation: Omit caraway, sesame, salt, poppy seeds or Parmesan.
- To mixture in step 1 add 2 teaspoons fennel seeds (crushed), 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves (crumbled) and 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper.
- Continue as directed.
- Repeat with other half.
This tasted really great and was simple to make, but being pressed for time, I didn't want to roll the dough into sticks. I tried rolling 1/4 of the dough about 1/2 inch thick, put it on a baking sheet, and then cut it with a pizza cutter about 1 inch wide. Then I brushed it with olive oil (butter would have been better) and sprinkled with garlic etc. Great recipe, my family will want these breadsticks often.
I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars on this recipe. If you like long, thin breadsticks, these are fine. If you want a thicker, more "risen" breadstick like in Olive Garden, then you'll be disappointed. I ddn't knead in the seeds, just brushed with butter and put poppy seeds on some, sesame seeds on others and shredded parmesan on some. I'd probably use an egg wash instead of butter next time to make them crispier. I needed a "quick fix" to go with salads but I really like the breadsticks I make from my leftover pizza dough better -- I'm just not a big fan of quick rise yeast.
These were delicious!! My family loved them, the only problem was that I only made 1/2 a batch, lol! I just kept them simple, none of the seeds, etc, and just brushed the tops with butter when they were fresh out of the oven. YUM!!!