I bought a Kitchenaid mixer a few months ago and it has totally changed the way my breads come out. It is in my top three favorite kitchen appliances, the other two are my coffee pot and food processor. J was pretty skeptical about spending the money to get it because he didn't think I would use it all that much. After I made these breadsticks, he said, "I am starting to like that 'mixer' more and more."
Anyways, back to the amazing recipe. I adapted it from this recipe: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Quick-Soft-Breadsticks-Recipezaar?columns=2&position=1/36
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 1/2 tsp yeast
- 2 tbsp honey (you could probably omit the honey or use another sweetener to make these bread sticks vegan)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 cup bread flour ( I use organic wheat bread flour, I have tried this recipe with whole wheat flour but it does not turn out as well)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- Add 2 1/2 tsp yeast to 1 cup warm water in bowl of stand mixer (if you don't have one you can mix by hand but I can't guarantee results). Let sit for 5-10 minutes until yeast starts to bubble.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixer. Mix with dough hook for approx. 10 minutes until dough forms and is non sticky.
- Roll dough into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
- Cut into strips, I usually cut the dough down the middle and then cut strips. It all depends on how big you want your bread sticks.
- Roll dough into sticks, place onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Cover and let rise for at least 20 minutes.
- After rise time, bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
I love that these bread sticks only have to rise for 20 minutes, so if I completely forget about making bread until late I can still make these. Most of my other bread recipes have to rise for at least 3 hours.
If you try the recipe, let me know how it works out for you!