tasty tuesday : rosemary garlic breadsticks

I seriously love bread. Buns, rolls, sliced, whole wheat, white, grains, toasted, fresh...it's all ah-may-zing, and my husband can tell you that I can (and sometimes do) eat a whole dozen fresh buns in one day... which is why this recipe is so awesome. Who could say no to fresh, homemade, rosemary, garlic breadsticks?!
{ i n g r e d i e n t s }

1 1/3 cups of warm water
3 tbsp softened butter
4 cups of flour (bread flour or all-purpose, both work great)
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp rosemary
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp parmesan cheese
3 tbsp white sugar
2tbsp dry milk
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp honey

{ t o p p i n g }
1/2 softened butter
garlic powder
parmesan cheese

{ i n s t r u c t i o n s } 

1. Proof the yeast with 1 tbsp honey and the warm water for 10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, add the rest of the first set of ingredients (adding 1 cup of four at a time).
3. Either knead the dough for 6-8 minutes or go the easy route and use a bread hook for the same amount of time. (If you have a bread machine, feel free to use it and skip step 1!)
4. Let your dough rise until it's about doubled (1 hour + )
5. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
6. After your dough has risen, punch it down a couple time, remove it from your bowl, and roll it out on a floured surface until it's approximately 1-2 cm thick. Cut your dough into 2 inch wide strips.... OR, take fistfuls of dough and roll them into individual breadsticks. I did both, and they both turned out deliciously! Although rolling the dough out and cutting it took significantly less time....
7. Place your strips of dough 1 inch apart on baking sheets. 
8. Grab a pastry brush and brush on some melted butter on your strips of dough. Be generous! This adds a lot of great flavour.
9. Sprinkle more rosemary, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese on top.
10. Bake in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden. 

Enjoy your fresh, aromatic breadsticks! 

Here's how I enjoyed these delicious breadsticks.... with a bowl of homemade chili, olive oil & balsamic vinegar, plain, and with whipped butter. Mmmm....

Enjoy and happy baking!

p.s. ♥ clara


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