Homemade Soft Bread Sticks

by Suzanne on August 2, 2012

in Breads

Warm, soft, garlic-y bread sticks just like the ones from a popular chain restaurant Olive Garden. Wait did I say “just like”, I meant “better” than the bread sticks of a certain restaurant. I found this recipe from another blog called Full Bellies, Happy Kids when I was looking for a recipe for great bread sticks. I tried them twice and I think they will be made over and over again. The first time I made them, I did it all by hand, yep kneading the dough and all. It was a workout to say the least but they were good, well the second time I made them I let my stand mixer do the work and oh boy were these the best bread sticks I’ve ever had or made for that fact. If your experienced at making bread by hand with no stand mixer then go for it but if you have the stand mixer this is a very simple recipe and should turn out wonderful for you. One of the things I liked about this recipe is there is only one rise time, so they don’t take too long to make. If you have little ones let them help you roll the dough into small snakes they will have a blast. If you try these bread sticks make sure you have some others to eat them with because I can’t be blamed for you eating all of them :).

Homemade Soft Bread Sticks

1 1/2  cups warm water
1 package dry yeast or 2 1/4 tsp.
2 T. sugar
4 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 T. salt
2 T. melted butter
Ingredients for brushing on top:
1 stick unsalted butter (or 1/2 cup margarine)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
Step 1: Heat water until warm but hot to touch. In small bowl put the sugar and yeast in and add the water, stir and let sit until frothy about 5- 10 minutes.
Step 2: In large mixing bowl of a stand mixer put flour and salt in and mix together.
Step 3:When yeast mixture is frothy add it to the flour then add the butter. With the dough hook attached turn on to stir and let mix together. If you see that the dough is a little dry you may add a tablespoon of water until it doesn’t look dry and forms well together. Let it knead for about 5 minutes.
Step 4: Put dough on the counter and form into a square, then cut in half. Cut each half into 4th or until you have about 10 pieces, you can even go smaller to get 12 if you like. Now roll each piece like you would play dough into a snake, kids would love this part. Lay each bread stick on a greased cookie sheet and cover with tea towel or plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
Step 5: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit,  then bake for 6 minutes. While they are baking combine the butter, garlic powder, and salt and microwave until all butter is melted. After 6 minutes, brush the bread sticks with half the butter mixture, then bake for 6 more minutes or until lightly browned. When they come out of the oven brush the bread sticks with the rest of the butter mixture and let cool until ready to eat.
NOTE: I think you could use half of the butter/garlic mixture, it seemed like too much for me and I had leftovers.

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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 3, 2012 at 12:13 am

I haven’t had bread sticks in too long, these look amazing!

2 Amy (Savory Moments) August 3, 2012 at 5:29 am

Bread sticks remind me of being a kid for some reason. I like them a lot and these look so soft and delicious!

3 Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) August 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

Love these! Bread is certainly the thing I love and crave. I could eat 3 or 4 of these easily. Pinning now. Happy Friday!! 🙂

4 Patty August 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

Beautiful soft bread sticks- they do look good-way better than anything in a restaurant!

5 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Love homemade bread sticks!

6 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I have a problem with bread sticks. I have made them at least 10 times and decided to blog about but they never last around too long so I can shoot some photos.
Yours look so beautiful, can’t wait to make your version (better when I’m home alone to eat the evidence LOL )

7 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 4, 2012 at 2:56 am

Oh how yummy these look! Bread sticks are so easy to eat even for kids and yours look buttery and delicious!

8 Suzanne August 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Thanks Nami, your so right kids really do love these!

9 Paula (Salad in a Jar) August 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I sure wish I could smell these baking right now….in my own kitchen…so I could eat them for dinner. They turned out perfect.

10 Suzanne August 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Thanks Paula, I would share if you were here 🙂

11 Reeni August 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm

These look so soft, fluffy and perfect Suzanne! I can see how addictive they are! I love using the mixer to knead my dough. It’s so convenient.

12 Suzanne August 8, 2012 at 5:09 am

Thanks Reeni, pretty much any bread that’s homemade is addicting to me.

13 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm

These will be tried here for sure! I love making fresh bread, and breadsticks are a favorite!

14 Suzanne August 8, 2012 at 5:08 am

You won’t be disappointed Erin 🙂

15 Choc Chip Uru August 7, 2012 at 2:10 am

These look like the epitome of soft my friend, absolutely delicious 😀

Choc Chip Uru

16 Terra August 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Oh I totally need to make these! I am addicted to Olive Garden’s bread sticks, BUT this would be sooooo much better, and fresh:-) I love homemade bread:-) Hugs, Terra

17 Roshni August 28, 2012 at 9:33 am

Hi Suzanne… I tried your recipe and it came out perfect… totally loved it…. thanks for sharing the recipe. I posted in my blog as well (i have linked your blog)… Please do check out my post

18 Suzanne August 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

Thank you Roshni, so glad it worked great for you and that you posted the recipe it’s one that is a new favorite of mine.

19 Cathy Reardon September 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Oh my goodness. I made these today and they are even better than Olive Garden. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I’m going to make them for a dinner party. I know they will be a hit. This is a recipe I will keep. I sprinkled with Parmesan cheese after they came out of the oven and they were fabulous. My husband really loved them. Thanks so much

20 Suzanne September 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm

thanks so much for coming back and letting me know. Glad they were a hit!!

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