Friday, November 4, 2011

Garlic breadsticks in the comfort of your home

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about anything.  I have plenty of new additions, I just have to take the time to write it down.

As I resume the blog, it’s best to start with a simple addition-garlic bread sticks.  Some people go to Olive Garden for this.  We all know that most restaurants will not use the most wholesome ingredients.  The food is at best partially pre made and it’s not that fresh.  When you cook at home, you are in control of the ingredients, flavor and hygiene.   Yes, it’s more work….but we all know it’s better for you.


Pizza dough/breadstick dough


1 ½ cups of warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cups bread flour (I use Bob’s Redmill Organic non bleached flour)
2 ¼ tsp. dry yeast (package)

Use bread machine to knead dough


Preheat oven 375 (this is convection oven)
Take a cookie sheet and line with non stick foil paper

Make bread stick shapes and lay them out on cookie sheet
Lay them out on cookie sheet
Brush top with extra virgin olive oil
Put coarse kosher salt and garlic powder on top (not garlic salt)
At this point you can add other herbs if you choose….

Bake for about 25 minutes…but when top starts looking dry – about 20 minutes into it….take a pat of butter and run it over the breadstick top.

Bake until golden brown (total 25 minutes in convection oven)
 And enjoy while warm.

Note:  Pizza/bread stick dough can stay in the refrigerator for days; just make sure you bring it to room temperature before baking.

Why the paper plate?  This was a nighttime snack while working and doing dishes wasn’t appealing.

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