Italian Garlic, Province Herbs and Butter Bread sticks
Even though nobody in my family or my husband’s family has Italian roots, every week on Friday night our family has some kind of Italian dinner. Maybe because like most Italian and Mediterranean foods have that homemade colorful and mouthwatering appeal or just because it is the end of the week and time for our family to celebrate the end of the work and school week and to gather together in order to relax and enjoy some time together. There is nothing tastes better than pasta and fresh homemade bread so I decided to make Garlic and Butter Bread sticks. There are many recipes on line and I decided to experiment again and found the one which is very easy to make and tastes unbelievably good!
For about 12 9″inch long bread sticks you will need:
• 1 cup of warm water
• 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• pinch of salt
• 3 tablespoons of grape seeds oil
• 3 cups of bread flower and a little more for dusting
For the Butter and garlic sauce:
• 3 tablespoons of melted butter
• salt to taste
• 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
• dry province herbs or any other herbs like basil, rosemary or thyme
In a large bowl mix warm water, 1 tablespoon of sugar and yeast and let it rest for about 10 minutes until yeast builds a foam.
Add remaining sugar and some salt to yeast and then add 1 /2 cup flour at a time and continue to mix the dough.
Add oil last and form a ball.
Transfer your dough into a greased bowl and cover it with plastic or a towel, let it rise for about 2 hours, it needs to double in size.
Once your dough rises pound your dough down and divide into 12 equal pieces.
Roll each part of the dough into 9″ inch long ropes. Place your ropes into a greased baking sheet and let it rise again.
Before baking brush your sticks with melted butter mixed with salt, herbs and garlic. Bake bread sticks at 425F for 10 minutes. Serve bread sticks warm!
You can also serve Italian Bread sticks as an appetizer along with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella sliders and balsamic glaze on the side.