Tuesday, November 2, 2010
My husband loves bread....he is definitely a carb king. Now, I love a good yeasty bread as well, but especially when we go out to dinner, I will not often indulge in a lot of bread before the main dish arrives to our table. Not my husband. In his love affair with bread, he will fill himself half up with bread before his dinner arrives. The exception to the "don't eat a lot of bread before dinner comes" is when I order soup and salad and the bread then just enhances the other two dishes. Like these breadsticks. Pretty basic. Pretty yummy. Pretty filling. Pretty perfect next to a bowl of Italian soup.
1 cup warm water (105-110 degrees)
1 packet yeast (2 tsp. if using a jar)
1 teaspoon sugar
3-1/2 cups flour
3 Tablespoons butter , room temperature
1 Tablespoon salt
Melted butter to brush over tops
Your choice of toppings
Mix warm water, sugar and yeast and let proof for 10 minutes (or until mixtures puffs up a little). Mix with flour, water, salt, and butter. If you have a mixer with a dough hook, knead with this for about 5 minutes. Otherwise, lay dough on hard, flat surface and knead by hand until dough is soft and elastic.
Tear off dough balls and shape into desired sticks, rings, or twists. Place on baking sheets or pizza stone and let rise for 20 to 30 minutes, until doubled-looking and puffy. I always place dough in a 170-degree oven for rising. Just make sure you turn the oven off when you put the dough in!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with toppings. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until tops are just turning golden. Remove from oven, but eat as many warm ones as you can.