Monday, April 25, 2011

Garlic-Herb Breadsticks

I was cruising through my new Food Network Magazine the other night when I came upon this recipe for Garlic-Herb Breadsticks. They were doing a piece on Glee (the TV show) and decided to make some breadsticks to mimic the shows reference to a fictional date-night hangout called BreadstiX. So having just finished watching the latest episode of Glee on, I decided to make them as well.

Here is the recipe (below recipe are some of my changes)

1 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 clove garlic, minced
Chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme and/or oregano), for sprinkling

Put 3/4 cup warm water in a food processor. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the sugar and 1 teaspoon salt and pulse until dissolved. Add the flour, olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter and pulse until the dough forms a ball, about 1 minute. Continue to process with the motor running until smooth, about 2 more minutes.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; brush with olive oil. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Divide into 12 pieces, then roll each piece into a 12-to-16-inch rope. Arrange the ropes 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets, rolling them to coat with the oil. Cover each baking sheet with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place until the breadsticks double in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the remaining 3 tablespoons butter and the garlic in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, about 1 minute. Brush the breadsticks with the garlic butter; sprinkle with herbs and salt. Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
- I used my KitchenAid Mixer instead of a food processor, just as easy.

- I would recommend covering the dough "sticks" with a lightly greased cling wrap instead of the damp towel. The towel stuck to the dough (even though I made sure it was damp).

- Instead of brushing the dough with melted butter in step 3, I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Garlic.

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