Monday, May 19, 2014
Garlic Bread Sticks (Olive Garden Copy-Cat Recipe)
Although I do not commonly dine at Olive Garden, I remember their bread sticks being rather delicious. I have been wanting to replicate the experience for a while, and have at long last found a recipe similar to the one at Olive Garden.
I haven't posted anything bread-ish in a very long time. The last real bread (not counting dessert breads) was posted last November. Even though it doesn't seem quite that long ago, I settled on making bread sticks. Anything containing garlic pretty much has to be scrumptious, unless, of course, it is a dessert. That would be yucky. However, thankfully, these are not sugary, thus, absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, something this good cannot last. Once other people (besides yourself) learn of their existence, they will vanish almost immediately.
GARLIC BREAD STICKS:
YIELD: About 14-15 bread sticks
TIME: 1 hour 45 min
PREP: 15 min
INACTIVE: 75 min
COOK: 15 min
OVEN: 170 degrees F, follow by 400 degrees F
FOR THE BREAD:
1 1/2 cups warm water (between 100-110 degrees F)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt (yes, tablespoon)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
FOR THE TOPPING:
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Combine water, yeast, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes, until foamy.
Stir in flour, salt, and butter. Knead for about 5 minutes. Let dough rest in bowl for about 60 minutes, until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 170 degrees F. Grease 2 large baking sheets. Once dough has doubled, roll into a log, and cut into 14-15 pieces. Roll pieces into 6" long snakes. Place on prepared baking sheets, and let sit in warm oven for about 15 minutes until doubled in size.
Remove from oven. Reheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoon butter, and brush over bread sticks. Sprinkle with salt. Place in oven, and bake for about 15 minutes until golden.
Remove from oven. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, and mix in garlic powder. Brush over bread sticks. Serve warm.