Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Olive Garden Breadsticks

I found this recipe a while back and tried them last week. They were a big hit and I will definitely make them again. Mine weren't quite as light and fluffy as the restaurant's, but they tasted was great. I don't make yeast breads very much because of the time it takes, but these bread sticks only take a little over an hour from start to finish - not bad.
Olive Garden Bread sticks with whole wheat pasta and meat sauce.
Olive Garden Bread sticks
3/4 cup warm water
1 1/8 tsp. yeast
2 1/4 flour
1 Tbs. butter, melted
1 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. salt

Begin by dissolving the yeast in the warm water. Add butter, salt, and sugar. Add the flour and mix until combined. Knead a few times. (My dough was very dry and I had to add a little more water.) Cover dough and let rest for 45 minutes.

Mix together 1 Tbs. melted butter, 1 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. garlic powder and set aside.

Shape dough into 8-10 bread sticks and place on a greased pan. Bake at 400 for 7 minutes.  Remove from oven and brush each bread stick with butter mixture. Bake for 8 more minutes or until lightly browned. Brush the rest of the mixture over the bread sticks. Serve warm!

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