Easy Copycat Breadsticks
inspired by various recipes from around the internet
4 cups unbleached white flour, plus more for kneading
2.5 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
1.5 cups very warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (equal to one packet)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup butter, melted
1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
1.5 teaspoons sea salt
If you live in a cold climate, turn your oven to 200°F. Turn it off once it has pre-heated.
Mix the sugar and yeast in the water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Combine flour and salt, then add to the yeast mixture. Add the melted butter and mix.
Remove dough from bowl onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2 minutes, adding more flour by the tablespoon until the dough is stretchy and no longer sticking to your hands.
Roll out into a log, then cut into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into the size of stick you desire, about 8-10 inches long. Place 6 of them on a baking sheet and place in the warm oven. Allow to rise for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, then pre-heat to 400°.
While the oven is pre-heating, combine the melted butter, garlic powder and sea salt. (don't brush them yet!)
Bake sticks for 5-7 minutes, until they are nearly done, then remove from the oven and brush with the garlic butter. Bake for an additional 2-4 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and resist the urge to bite the edge off of a burning hot bread stick. (it hurts!) Serve with your favorite Italian dish and salad and enjoy!!
PS. basket & liner can be found here.