Olive Garden Breadsticks

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I am told that not everything I bake can be sweet.

That’s a challenge, because my sweet tooth smothers any of my other sensibilities on almost all occasions.

Lately however, I have been craving pasta. A big heavy heaping plate of pasta. A dig in with two hands, mow down, don’t come up for air, pasta night.

Fresh out of the oven!

Fresh out of the oven!

Alas, tonight I am making pasta, and what can I bake that perfectly complements a pasta dish? BREADSTICKS!

I was searching for a recipe online and came across this report from ABC News where Todd Wilbur claims to have uncovered the top secret breadsticks recipe from Olive Garden!

I HAD TO TRY IT OUT.

This is another yeast recipe, though I am really becoming more comfortable using this ingredient! It’s not nearly as intimidating as people make it out to be, and it feels so good when you can see your dough actually rising. A-HA! It’s working!

This recipe does take a considerable amount of time with its two rise phases, each lasting about 1 1/2 hours. But after you have whipped together the dough, you are free to go about your day in between rises.

Olive Garden Breadsticks

Prep: 20 minutes     Rise: 2-3 hours     Bake: 12 minutes     Yield: 12 breadsticks

Ingredients

My dough has risen!

My dough has risen!

Dough
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water (105-115 degrees F)
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
Topping
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Directions

  1. Dissolve sugar and yeast in the warm water in a small bowl and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, or until it becomes foamy on top.

    Ready for the second rise.

    Ready for the second rise.

  2. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Use the paddle attachment on a stand mixer to mix the softened butter into the flour. When yeast mixture is foamy, pour it into the flour mixture and use the dough hook on your mixture to combine ingredients. Knead dough for approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Place dough in a covered container and let it sit for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until it doubles in size. When dough has doubled, measure out 2-ounce portions and roll dough between your hands or on a countertop to form sticks that are 7 inches long.
  4. Place dough on parchment paper-lined baking sheets, cover and set aside for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size once more.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  6. Bake breadsticks for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. When breadsticks come out of the oven, immediately brush with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt.
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Enjoy!
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