Growing up my family always served some kind of bread with supper, even if it was just a slice of buttered bread. My Grandmothers baked bread from scratch most of the time and I always enjoyed helping to knead the dough. I didn’t do much bread baking in my early adults years, but now I bake bread a couple times a week. It is very therapeutic for me and the smell of fresh bread from the oven always puts a smile on my husband’s face.
The bread sticks that I am sharing with y’all are absolutely delicious. The are so fluffy on the inside and the butter, garlic and parmesan slathered all over them makes them extra special. They also freeze well, to just pull out and reheat when needed.
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Parmesan and Garlic Bread Sticks
1 1/8 C. warm tap water
1 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
2 T. sugar
3 T. butter, melted
2 – 3 C. all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
Pour the water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the yeast and sugar and allow to proof for 5 minutes. Add the butter, 2 C. of the flour and the salt. Mix on low speed as the dough pulls together check to see if it is sticky, if so add a little more flour (mine took 2 1/2 C). Once the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a couple of times, form it into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a clean dish towel and allow to rise till double in size, about an hour.
Punch the dough down and turn back out onto the floured surface. Divide the dough into 12 portions and then roll each one into a log about 6-7” long. Place on a lightly greased baking pan. Allow them to rise for 30 minutes. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove and brush with the butter mixture below.
4 T. melted butter, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. italian seasoning and 1 T. grated parmesan cheese. Combine well.