Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bread Machine Breadsticks

These breadsticks couldn't be yummier or easier to make, since the dough is made in the bread machine. The recipe is from the blog Memories on Clover Lane and it's great! I made it to go with Tortellini Sausage Soup and it was a great fall meal. BTW, I am constantly amazed by how my kids gobble down the shredded zucchini in that soup, normally they loathe zucchini in all forms. It's like a culinary miracle.:) These bread sticks would go great with any soup, stew, or chili or as a compliment to any Italian main dish.

Bread Machine Breadsticks

1 cup warm water
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cups flour (white bread flour, or a mixture of whole wheat and white flour)
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast

Put all ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed. Set to dough setting and let run.

Once dough is finished roll out into a rectangle almost as big as a 10x12 rimmed cookie sheet (I used my stoneware jelly roll pan). Place on greased cookie sheet and roll/press the dough out to reach the edges as much as possible. Cut the dough with a pizza cutter into 24 slices, by cutting in half lengthwise and then cutting 12 slices heightwise. Cover with non-stick sprayed plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 hour.

Once risen, bake at 375 degrees for 15 - 30 minutes or until golden on top and bottom, for me this was 30 minutes, but it would probably be less time is I used a normal metal cookie sheet. As soon as you pull the breadsticks out of the oven brush with melted butter.*

*For garlic bread sticks: remove breadsticks from oven about 5 minutes before they are done. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with garlic salt and parmesan, return to oven for 5 minutes or until golden.

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