1 1/2 cups warm water (between 110 - 120 degrees F)
1 package active dry yeast
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used GF)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes, covered. Mixture should be frothy.
In separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Add to yeast mixture. Add melted butter. Mix with paddle attachment of stand mixer or wooden spoon until fully combined. Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth. Do not overknead!
Grease a cookie sheet. Pull off pieces of dough and roll out into strips.
Cover the dough and let sit in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and once heated, pop in the bread sticks. In microwave, combine the following:
1 stick unsalted butter (or 1/2 cup margarine)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
After 6 or 7 minutes, brush the bread sticks with half the butter mixture. Then continue to bake another 6-8 minutes. Immediately upon removal from the oven brush the other half of the butter on the sticks.
Allow them to cool for a minute or two, and enjoy!
Originally posted HERE!
***It may be my inexperience with yeast, or the fact that I used GF flour, but these did not come out fluffy and light like Olive Garden Breadsticks! That being said, they were still delicious, and I will definitely be making them again. They ended up more dense, actually tasting like soft pretzels, which I love!! Hubs even gave his approval, so they must be good!***