Yes..... well..... ahem...... these look a bit rude, don't they?
They were really just supposed to look like a bread stick; the phallic resemblance was completely unintentional.
I'm even a bit embarrassed looking at that top photo. Let's just move on to photos of dough.
Yes, innocent looking dough..... much better!
Anyways...... these breadsticks were inspired by a Glee eposide via the Food Network.
Apparently somewhere in the show the winners of a duet competition get a dinner at a fictional place called BreadstiX where, ironically (not), the breadsticks, much like these ones, are bottomless.
I can't say that I care very much about Glee, but I do care about bread.
I care deeply about bread.
Especially bread that is soft, chewy, garlicky and accidentally inappropriately shaped.
These were really great fresh out of the oven but didn't keep well. By the next day they were getting a bit dry. In the future, I might try freezing them in dough sticks then taking them out to rise just before I bake them.
Don't worry, if you don't know anything about Glee (like me) you can still enjoy these yummy breadsticks.
Garlic Bread Sticks
Source: Food Network
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme and/or oregano), for sprinkling
Put 3/4 cup warm water in a food processor. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the sugar and 1 teaspoon salt and pulse until dissolved. Add the flour, olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter and pulse until the dough forms a ball, about 1 minute. Continue to process with the motor running until smooth, about 2 more minutes.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; brush with olive oil. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Divide into 12 pieces, then roll each piece into a 12-to-16-inch rope. Arrange the ropes 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets, rolling them to coat with the oil. Cover each baking sheet with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place until the breadsticks double in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the remaining 3 tablespoons butter and the garlic in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, about 1 minute. Brush the breadsticks with the garlic butter; sprinkle with herbs and salt. Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.