Sunday, November 30, 2008

Parmesan Garlic Bread Sticks

I made these for the first time tonight, and was pleasantly surprised. They are light and fluffy, and buttery delicious! (And easy...of course.)

The Goods
5 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup warm milk (I heat mine up in the microwave for about a minute)
2 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons butter, divided in half and melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
4 1/2-5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, for sprinkling on top.

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and let it sit until bubbly, about 10 minutes.
Add the milk, sugar, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, 3 tablespoons butter, salt, and 2 cups flour.
Beat until smooth.
Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Knead with bread hook for 10 minutes adding additional flour as needed.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead about 15-20 times.
Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Punch the dough down and let it rest a couple of minutes.
Roll out on a floured surface, and cut into sticks with a pizza cutter.
Twist your bread sticks into the shape you desire.
Place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet.
Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25-35 minutes.
Melt remaining butter and brush over the dough.
Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese and garlic salt.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

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