Almost-Famous Breadtsticks

These breadsticks are perfect with soups like Chili or the Italian Meatball Soup (previous post). They are chewy and flavorful and perfect for dipping. I don't make them very often but when I do they disappear quickly.
Courtesy of The Food Network
1 package (approx. 1¼ TBSP.)
active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
4¼ cups all purpose flour, more for dusting
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1&1/3 cups water
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon fine salt
Garlic Powder
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
very fine garlic salt
Combine the yeast and ¼ cup of warm water and set aside to soak for about 5 minutes. Pour into a mixer bowl and add the the flour, butter, sugar, fine, salt, and the rest of the water; mix with the paddle attachment until a slightly sticky dough forms, about 3-5 minutes.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead by hand until smooth and soft, about 3 minutes. Roll into a 2 foot long log and cut into 16 - 1½ inch pieces. Knead slightly and shape into a 7 inch breadsticks. Place on a parchment paper line baking sheet 2 inches apart. Cover with a cloth and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°. Melt butter for topping and brush half of it over breadsticks. Bake 15 minutes or till golden. Brush with remaining butter and sprinkle with fine garlic salt.
I'm pleased to tell you the sun has returned to Pa. I should conquer the flowerbeds I suppose but my sweet husband has invited me to ride along on propane deliveries today so I shall ignore the work and the other things that need doing and go along and enjoy his company till lunch time and then go watch Son #2 play soccer this afternoon. Because of that, supper will be simple. Flatbread Pizza Rollups. They are quick, simple, and delicious! and the kids love them.☺
♥Have a wonderful day!♥


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