These flavorful breadsticks were made to copy the ones made at Olive Garden, and can be made in just over 90 minutes.
Spread the hot breadsticks with melted butter, and season with a bit of garlic powder to finish it off.
1 ¼ cups warm water
2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons sugar
3 ¼ cups flour, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
Sprinkling of garlic powder
In a small bowl, put in the warm water, yeast, and sugar, to proof the yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix 2 cups of the flour and salt briefly to combine. Add in the yeast mixture, and stir till all combined. Begin to gradually pour in the remaining 1 ¼ cups of flour until stretchy and smooth looking. Add in the 2 tablespoons of oil and continue to knead with the knead attachment in the bowl mixer. If the mixture is too wet and sticky, add in more flour.
Once dough is the right consistency, take dough out of bowl, spray bowl with nonstick spray, and put the dough back into the bowl. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for an hour, until doubled in size.
When done rising, cut dough into 12 equal sized pieces, and roll each piece into long breadstick-shaped logs. Place on a greased baking sheet, and let rise for another 20 minutes in a warm place. While rising, preheat oven to 425.
When rise time is done, place the breadsticks in the oven, and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
Once out of the oven, brush the breadsticks with the melted butter, and lightly sprinkle with garlic powder.