Saturday, March 28, 2009

Parmesan Twists Breadsticks

This is another recipe that I got from the internet quite a few years ago, so I have no idea where I got it & no way to link to it. I haven't made breadsticks in a few years & thought it was time to get back to it. I found this recipe in my binder & thought I'd give it a try. It was really good. I marked KEEPER at the bottom. That means that everyone in my family loved them & wants to have them again.
Here is a picture of them after they had risen & just before going into the oven:

Parmesan Twists Breadsticks
3/4 C. Water
2 T. olive oil
3 C. bread flour
1 t. salt
1 T. sugar
2 t. active dry yeast

2 T. melted butter for brushing on the breadsticks
Parmesan Cheese

You could use your bread machine for this if you'd like.
1. Combine water, yeast, & sugar in a small bowl & set aside. In mixer combine the olive oil, salt, & flour. Add the water/ yeast mixture & mix with the dough hook. I mix this way for 5 minutes or so, it takes the place of hand kneading for 8-10 minutes. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour. If it seems to dry, add warm water 1 t. at a time until you have a nice dough ball.
2. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat it. Cover with a towl & set in warm place to rise for 60-90 minutes or until doubled.
3. Punch down. Divide dough into 20 equal pieces. Roll each piece into 10-12 inch rope. Pinch end of 2 ropes together & then twish them together & pinch them together at the end. Place twists on cookie sheet. Melt the 2 T. butter & brush onto the twists. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Cover & let rise in a warm place for 30-60 minutes or until doubled.
4. Bake in 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.
Yield: 10 breadsticks
These are delicious served warm.

I baked mine for about 1 minute too long. I was in the laundry room & didn't hear the timer going off. As soon as I left the laundry room I heard it dinging so I RAN to the kitchen! Sure enough, just a little more golden brown than I like, but they were still delicious!

They were really good served with cheesy Chicken Spaghetti.
I think they would also be great with any tomato based pasta too.
And also served as an appatizer, maybe dipped in nacho cheese sauce, garlic butter, or marinara sauce.

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