Pinned It, Did It: Olive Garden Breadsticks

Yep. I too fall victim to Pinterest inspiration, but this time it TOTALLY worked out!  I went to my local cooking club this month and made these hoping they’d turn out amazing, and to my immense relief surprise pleasure, they WERE as tasty as the Olive Garden breadsticks!  I found the original pin & recipe here, then made a few of my own tweaks for simplicity and food-storage-friendliness purposes.

[Yep, they’re all shelf stable/food storage friendly ingredients!]

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast [1 package]
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted [powdered butter works GREAT]
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 3-4 1/4 c bread flour [I never measure, just go by the feel… explained below]
  • Butter topping: 1/2 stick butter, 2 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Stand mixer w/ dough hook >> in this order, add: water, yeast, sugar, butter, salt
  2. Mix.
  3. With hook going, add flour by 1/2 cups until it forms a ball.
  4. Keep adding flour until it does not feel sticky anymore, and passes the window pane test.*
  5. Clean surface >> dump dough.  [Because you made sure it’s not sticky, you don’t need to flour the counter!]
  6. Form into ball.  Cut or pinch into 16 equal-sized [more or less] balls.
  7. Roll balls into breadsticks a little wider than two hand-widths.
  8. Lay onto greased baking sheet.  Let rest 30-45 min.  [Mine only puffed a little.]
  9. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12 min. [They will probably not turn brown.]
  10. Spoon butter topping [melted] over hot breadsticks.
  11. Eat the breadsticks.

*Window pane test: grab a small ball of dough.  Roll into a ball, then flatten with your thumbs. Pull at it until you can see light through the dough – if it breaks, it needs more flour.  If you can see the light, it’s ready.  [See?  Like looking through a window… get it? Eh? Eh?]

Oh yeah. Totally nailed it.

Oh yeah. Totally nailed it.

Enjoy!

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