Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

Expats, are you missing the garlic breadsticks from your favorite Italian restaurant? Now you can make them at home!

These are so good! I ate three of them before dinner--oops. My son was licking his fingers saying, "Man, those are awesome!" I served them alongside Mary Berry's 15-Minute Pasta.

Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

12 Breadsticks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons (270 mL) warm water (110 - 115 degrees F)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 mL) granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 - 3 1/4 cups (375-406 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons (28 g) butter or margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whisk together warm water, yeast and 1/2 tsp granulated sugar until yeast has dissolved. Allow to rest 10 minutes. Add in remaining 1 Tbsp + 2 1/2 tsp granulated sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 3/4 tsp salt and vegetable oil, then fit mixer with paddle attachment and blend mixture until well combine. Switch mixer to dough hook attachment, add in remaining 1 1/2 cups flour and knead mixture on low speed, adding up to 1/4 cup additional flour as needed, and knead until dough is smooth and elastic (dough should pull away from sides of the bowl but should still be slightly sticky). This can all be done by hand, mixing and kneading.

Transfer dough to a large buttered mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest in a warm place free from draft until double, about 1 1/2 hours.

Punch risen dough down, divide into 12 equal portions (2 ounces each by weight), keep them covered with plastic wrap as you work. Roll each piece into a 9 inch rope on a lightly floured surface, then transfer to two Silpat lined or buttered cookie sheets. Cover and let rise 1 hour. Preheat oven to 425 during the last 10 minutes of rising.

Bake in preheated oven 11 - 13 minutes until golden (I actually broiled mine during the last minute for a perfectly golden crust). Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together 1/2 tsp salt and garlic powder. Remove breadsticks from oven and run a stick of margarine or butter over hot breadsticks and immediately sprinkle with salt mixture. Serve warm or allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

Slightly adapted from cookingclassy.com

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