I know that a food blog celebrating an anniversary without cake is blasphemy, but hear me out. This blog wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for these breadsticks. These breadsticks are one of the first things I remember baking with my mom. They are the breadsticks I made during college and were collectively snarfed by my roommates and me while we gossiped about boys. They are the breadsticks that repeatedly earned recipe requests at all the potlucks Noel and I attended when we were first married. And today, they are the breadsticks I make when I’m scrambling to make dinner and I realize I forgot to plan a side dish for the soup.
These breadsticks are a staple in our kitchen. They’re easy to make, but dinner guests would never guess. There’s a fast, crispy version that can be on your table in 30 minutes and a soft, puffy version that requires only a little over an hour. I’ve even substituted whole wheat flour for half of the all-purpose flour and still loved them. You don’t have to be a professional chef or have all the time in the world to make these. You can make them with children screaming, with finals looming, and even on a quiet Wednesday, just because. The world needs more recipes like that. We’re just simple folk who believe good food doesn’t have to be complicated which is why we’re sharing this with you on our blogoversary.
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- 1 TBSP yeast
- 1 TBSP honey or sugar
- 1 1/2 C lukewarm water
- 1 TBSP milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 4-4 1/2 C flour
- Butter, melted or olive oil
- Toppings (grated cheese, salt, garlic powder, parsley, etc)
- Preheat oven to 400º
- Mix yeast and honey/sugar in water. Let sit until foamy.
- Add milk and salt. Gradually add flour until the dough forms a ball; you can do this by hand or in a stand mixer.
- For crispy breadsticks: Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about a 1/4″ thickness. Brush the top with olive oil or melted butter. Sprinkle with cheese and desired spices. Cut the dough with a knife or pizza cutter. Transfer the strips to a baking sheet. For a fancier look, twist the breadsticks. For fluffy breadsticks: Pinch a piece off the ball of dough. Roll between your fingers to make a cigar shape. Place on a baking sheet. For a fancier look, roll the pieces thinner and twist two pieces together. Once you’ve done this with all the dough, cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and allow to rest for 30 minutes. the dough will puff slightly. Brush the tops with olive oil or melted butter and sprinkle with cheese and desired seasonings.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.