These bread sticks are quick and easy and you can have them on your table in about an hour!
Quick Twisty Sticks
For the Dough...
2 packages of instant yeast (4.5 teaspoons)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 ounces warm water
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
18-20 ounces all purpose flour
6-8 ounces whole milk, room temp.
For the Topping*...
4 tablespoons butter, melted
Coarse ground Sea Salt
Fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, salt and warm water. Let sit for a few minutes while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
2. On medium speed, with the paddle attachment, mix in the butter and the egg. When combined, slowly add the flour and the milk, alternating until the dough forms a ball. Switch to the dough hook (or knead by hand) for a few minutes until you have a soft, supple dough.
3. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover. Let the dough rise for about 20 minutes in a warm place. Divide the dough into 16-18 pieces and roll each piece into a long thin rope. Fold the rope in half and twist. Place on a lightly greased pan or a pan with parchment paper. Repeat with other pieces. Lightly mist with spray oil and cover. Let rise for about 20 minutes.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. While the bread sticks are hot, brush melted butter over them. Sprinkle with garlic, salt and Parmesan. Serve hot!
*This dough is very versatile and easy to work with. You could easily grate 4-8 ounces of cheese to put in the dough or add in your favorite herbs. For the topping, you could use another cheese or sprinkle herbs over them. (Rosemary and Romano anyone?). I would advise against omitting the butter; that's what keeps them soft! If you plan on dipping them in marinara sauce, you might find brushing them with a bit of olive oil to suit you better.
Feel free to experiment--especially with your toppings! I only showed you what I happened to put on tonight. Ours were kept pretty plain because we were having fresh fettucine with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto and I wanted to keep our bread simple. =)