Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tasty Tuesday

I simply love to cook! That's probably why I have gained weight, but nevertheless, that doesn't mean I won't do it. I just tend to share it more often!

How were they Heidi R.?

My neighbor Sarah has a treat blog, and plenty of fun bread recipes. I got this recipe from there.

My only question was that the recipe neither said or didn't say not to let them rise. Next time, I'll let them rise for a little while - fluffier breadtwists.

So, without further adieu...

Parmesan Breadtwists

1 1/2 cups warm water (divided)
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
4 cups flour
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt

Herb Butter
1 stick butter, melted
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Parmesan for dusting breadsticks

Mix 1/2 cup warm water with the brown sugar and yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes. In the meantime, mix the rest of the water, salt, and 2 cups of flour in a mixer with a dough hook. After the yeast is nice and bubbly, add it to the dough mixture along with another cup of flour. Mix on high for 7-8 minutes. With the last cup of flour, add in a little bit at a time until the dough is not sticky and doesn't stick to the sides. You may or may not use all of that last cup. Beat on high again for 2-3 more minutes.

Dust your work surface with flour and roll the dough into a rectangle until it is about 12-18 inches from top to bottom and and about 1/3" - 1/2" thick depending on how thick you like your breadsticks. Take a pizza cutter and slice long strips from top to bottom so each slice is about 1-1 1/2" wide and 12-18 inches long.

Take each strip and fold in half, then twist. Set breadstick on an ungreased pan. Fold and twist several more of your breadsticks and space them apart an inch or two on the pan. When your pan is full, brush each breadstick generously with the herb butter mixture. Bake at 475 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown. After removing the pan from the oven, and while they are still hot, brush each breadstick with the herb mixture again, and sprinkle immediately (and generously!) with Parmesan Cheese. Then sit back and enjoy!

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