I had a suite mate in college who worked at the Olive Garden. She would often come home with bags of leftover breadsticks, it was quite a perk of living with her. I don't like the Olive Garden very much, but I do love their breadsticks. They are building a new one near our house, which I find quite surprising, I think of it more as a suburban restaurant. This recipe allows me to avoid going all together, it is nearly a perfect copycat. The breadsticks are so soft and delicious, even better than the real thing. And you don't have to go to the Olive Garden to get them. Thanks to 12 Tomatoes for the perfect recipe.
1 cup + 2 tablespoons warm water
1 ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast
3 1/3 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¼ cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 teaspoon garlic salt
In the bowl of the stand mixer, add the water and sprinkle with the yeast. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Stir in the flour, sugar, salt and butter. Knead using the dough hook for 7 minutes at medium speed, dough will be elastic and smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 ½ hours. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll each piece into 6" logs. Place the logs on a Silpat lined baking sheet. Cover and let rest for 1 hour more. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 12 minutes, until golden brown. Brush the warm breadsticks with the melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt.
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