Twisted breadsticks two ways

From Six Sisters’ Stuff and The Recipe Critic

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One morning I woke up and asked my (two and a half year old) daughter what we should do that day. She suggested making breadsticks (we had just recently finished up the ones from our freezer – and obviously their absence from our lives was still on her mind) so who am I to disagree? She clearly has good taste and like any toddler, knows what she wants. As I was trying to decide between a savory or sweet breadstick, I happened on these two recipes and noticed that the dough was quite similar. This, I assumed, was a sign that meant I should make both. Though the directions may seem long, these are actually rather easy to put together. I lengthened some of the rising time (as more rising = more flavor) and added a few extra flavorings, but otherwise kept the recipes the same. These breadsticks were FABULOUS. So soft and so tender, with a bit of a crispy bottom. Garlic-y and salty or ooey gooey cinnamon sugary. We inhaled both kinds that day (and the day after), and savored every single bite.

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Here we go – for either type of breadstick, first make the dough!

In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix warm water, sugar and yeast together.

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Let that sit for 5 minutes.

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Add flour and salt to the water, sugar and yeast.

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Using the dough hook attachment, mix this until smooth (about 5 minutes). The dough will be quite sticky, but should not stick to the sides of the mixer – it may stick to the bottom slightly.

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Lightly spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray and place the dough inside. Spray a piece of plastic wrap and cover the bowl.

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Let the dough raise for 1 – 1.5 hours.

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Roll out the dough in a large rectangle on a floured surface. Brush the dough with 5 T of the melted butter.

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For the garlic butter sticks

Sprinkle the garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and parmesan (if using) over top of the melted butter. OR

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For the cinnamon sugar sticks

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle on top of the melted butter.

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Continuing for both

Fold the dough in half.

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Cut the dough in half the long way and then into one inch strips – a pizza cutter works great for this.

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Twist the one inch strips of dough and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover lightly with a kitchen towel, and let rise for 15-20 minutes (while the oven preheats).

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Bake at 400 F for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Once done, brush with melted butter. For the garlic sticks, sprinkle with a little extra garlic salt and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

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For the cinnamon sticks, mix up the cream cheese glaze and drizzle over the top or use as a dip.

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Yield: about 32 breadsticks per 1 batch of dough

Ingredients

For both doughs

1 1/2 c warm water

2 T sugar

1 T active dry yeast

3 1/2 c unbleached, all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

For garlic butter breadsticks

7 T butter, melted and divided

2 tsp garlic salt, plus extra to sprinkle on top

1 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)

2 T grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Marinara sauce for serving

For cinnamon sugar breadsticks

5 T butter, melted

1/3 c sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

For cinnamon sugar breadstick glaze

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

3 T butter, softened

1 c powdered sugar

1/4 c half and half

1 tsp vanilla

Directions

Make the dough for either type of breadstick

In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix warm water, sugar and yeast together. Let that sit for 5 minutes. Add flour and salt to the water, sugar and yeast. Using the dough hook attachment, mix this until smooth (about 5 minutes). The dough will be quite sticky, but should not stick to the sides of the mixer – it may stick to the bottom slightly. Lightly spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray and place the dough inside. Spray a piece of plastic wrap and cover the bowl. Let the dough raise for 1 – 1.5 hours. Roll out the dough in a large rectangle on a floured surface. Brush the dough with 5 T of the melted butter.

For the garlic butter sticks

Sprinkle the garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and parmesan (if using) over top of the melted butter.

For the cinnamon sugar sticks

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle on top of the melted butter.

Continuing for both

Fold the dough in half. Cut the dough in half the long way and then into one inch strips – a pizza cutter works great for this. Twist the one inch strips of dough and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover lightly with a kitchen towel, and let rise for 15-20 minutes (while the oven preheats). Bake at 400 F for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Once done, brush with melted butter. For the garlic sticks, sprinkle with a little extra garlic salt and serve with marinara sauce for dipping. For the cinnamon sticks, mix up the cream cheese glaze and drizzle over the top or use as a dip. These are best the first day, but are still good the day after.

To make the cream cheese glaze

Combine softened cream cheese, softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Mix until combined and smooth.

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My adventures with bread and the deliciousness of life.

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