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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Homemade Breadsticks

One of my life long close friends, Maylene, gave me this recipe many years ago. I always loved her breadsticks and wanted to learn to make them myself...the rest is history, I have been making them ever since. Its the easiest breadstick recipe that I have found, and by far one of the yummiest. I have sold them at bake sales and fundraisers (I usually run out and have people asking for more). I have made them with the oil and also without (you know..."fat-free") and I love them both ways. I have topped them with melted butter and sprinkled Parmesan cheese along with italian seasoing on top of them...and even gone so far as to melt Mozzarella cheese on them...they are very versitle and SO good any way that you serve them! I am not worried, I know that you will be pleased with the results of these fantastic breadsticks!

Homemade Breadsticks
2 c. warm water
1 T yeast dissolved in 1/2 c. warm water
2 T. sugar
2 t. salt
1/2 c. canola oil (optional)
5-6 c. flour

*I use my Bosch to make these, but it can easily (with a little hard work) be done by hand.
Add first five ingredient, then add just enough flour until the dough starts to pull away from the bowl. You don't want it to stiff, but not too sticky either. Knead and let rise for 5 minutes. Roll dough out onto a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a pizza cutter into even strips and place on a greased cookie sheet. Let rise until almost double then bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. After baking top with butter and spices or mozzarella cheese and melt under the broiler for 1 minute. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce (pizza sauce, alfredo, ranch or melted cheese whiz).

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