Breadsticks don’t have to be plain. With very little effort, your breadsticks can look like these!
You can use your favorite bread recipe, or you can use mine. (My recipe will make about 30 breadsticks! If you need fewer, just reduce the recipe accordingly.)
2 pkgs. yeast
2 c. warm water
4 T. sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 c. milk, scalded and cooled
4 t. salt
5 T. shortening
12 c. flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, egg, milk, salt, shortening and half of the flour. Mix well. Add enough of the remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle. Knead 10 minutes (if using bread mixer, add only enough flour to clean the sides of the mixing bowl. Mix on high 6 minutes).
Let rise until double. Punch down and shape into the twisted breadsticks as shown.
The secret to making the breadsticks twist is this:
After rolling the dough into a 12-14 inch rope, with your left hand, push the dough away from you while your right hand pulls the dough toward you. This twists the rope of dough. Then, when you pick it up and put the two ends together, the rope will twist itself!
Place breadsticks onto a silicon baking mat, cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise until double.
Bake at 425° for 12-14 minutes or until golden.
After they come out of the oven and are still hot, I like to brush mine with melted butter, garlic and herbs.
These breadsticks are spectacular!
Click HERE for instructions on making beautiful braided bread loaves!
You’ll find that making dough and shaping the dough can be a lot of fun! Your breads, breadsticks and rolls will look like you ordered them from a bakery!