The Ultimate Breadsticks

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Round two on garlic breadsticks this week!  This recipe is from (one of my favorite places to find recipes) and the reviews were great!  I copied the entire recipe below, along with all of the variations included, but I chose to make garlic breadsticks (and used crushed garlic rather than garlic powder).  These were really, really good and apparently so versatile!  You obviously do not need to twist the dough like instructed, but silly little things like this make my kiddos happy, so doing random things like that makes me happy.  While this still isn't the perfect recipe I'm after, I'm was quite happy with these breadsticks and will definitely try the different combinations.  By the way, the recipe makes a huge batch, so you may want to halve it like I did.

The Ultimate Breadsticks
Yields 32 large breadsticks

2 tablespoons dry yeast
3 cups lukewarm water, divided
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup oil
8 cups flour
1/2 cup butter, melted (1 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt may be added depending on variation)

1.  In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1 cup of water with sugar.  Let stand 5 minutes.

2.  Add the rest of the ingredients except the butter. Stir into dough and knead until smooth and elastic and slightly sticky (I use a heavy- duty mixer).

3.  Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise until double, about 1 hour.

4.  Punch down. Divide dough in half.

5.  Roll one half dough out into a 12 x 18 inch rectangle on a floured surface. Brush with melted butter.

6.  Cut dough in half vertically, and then cut horizontally into 8 strips (16 bread sticks from one half of dough).  Repeat this same step with other half of dough. You should have 32 bread sticks all together.

7. Now at this point you can do the following variations:.

~ Cheesy Bread Sticks: Press buttered side down of breadstick in freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Twist bread stick multiple times and lay out on parchment lined cookie sheets. (I do about 8 to a pan-parchment necessary so the cheese won’t stick to the pan). Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until double in bulk and then bake. After baking, brush with remaining melted garlic butter.

~ Garlic Butter Bread Sticks: Twist bread sticks that have already been spread with garlic butter mixture. Place on greased baking sheet and let rise 30 minutes. After baking, brush again with melted garlic butter.

~ Herb & Cheese Breadsticks: Use plain melted butter to spread on dough, then sprinkle bread sticks with Parmesan cheese and Salad Supreme. Place on sprayed baking sheets and let rise 30 minutes before baking. Brush again with remaining melted butter after baking.

~ Pizza Breadsticks: Let buttered bread sticks rise on parchment lined baking sheets 30 minutes. Spread with pizza sauce and place pepperoni on top. The last 5 minutes of baking add shredded cheese.

~ Cinnamon Sugar Breadsticks: Dip bread sticks in 1 stick melted of butter (skip the brush with melted butter step). Roll in a mixture of 2 cups brown sugar and about 1 Tbsp cinnamon (might need more sugar mixture depending on how much you use). Twist and let rise on parchment lined baking sheets.

8.  Spray pans or use parchment paper and cover lightly while rising.  Let bread sticks rise 30 minutes before baking.

9.  Note all bread sticks will be cooked 15 to 18 minutes at 350° or until lightly browned.

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