Simply Whole Kitchen

April 11, 2011

Recipe: Whole Wheat Bread Sticks

Tonight I wanted to make an Italian meal that was similar to how we "used" to eat (except 100% whole wheat and sugar free). I think I accomplished that, but it was a lot more work than the 'old' way! For dinner we had whole wheat penne with meat sauce, green salad, and homemade bread sticks. I saw this recipe on the Joseph's Grainery blog, and adapted it for our dinner.

Whole Wheat Bread Sticks
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp truvia (or a different natural sweetner, or 1 TBSP sugar)
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cup whole wheat white flour
3/4 stick melted butter
1 TBSP garlic powder
1 TBSP Italian Seasoning

I made this recipe in a bread machine on the dough setting. For the breach machine recipe, add all ingredients (except butter, garlic powder, and Italian Seasoning) in order in the machine and put on the dough setting. We also only used half of this recipe to make the bread sticks tonight. I just made way too much dough for dinner for two. So I saved the rest of the dough in the fridge and we are going to use it Thursday night for homemade pizza dough!

If you are making this dough without a bread machine: mix the yeast, sugar and warm water. Add the salt and flour and knead for 5 minutes. You can also use a stand mixer at this point with a dough hook. Spray pam into a bowl and place the dough inot the bowl. Spray the top of the dough with more Pam. Cover and let rise until doubled (about 1 hour).
In a sauce pan, melt the butter and mix with the garlic powder. Lightly flour your counter and roll out 1/2 of the dough inot a rectangle (about 15x20"). Use a pizza wheel to cut it into strips that are about 1 1/4" wide. Take one strip at a time and fold it in half. Then twist the two pieces around eachother. Place the twist on a cookie sheet and baste with the melted garlic butter on the top. Then flip the twists and baste with butter on the bottom. Line the sticks on the cookie sheet at about 1" apart.
Sprinkle bread sticks with Italian seasoning and bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes or until brown.

These turned out very good. A little flatter than expected, but they were good. I think I was invisioning Olive Garden's bread sticks as I made these, and they aren't the same if you are looking for that. Next time I think I will roll these into snakes and let them rise for another 20 minutes on the pan before I baste them with butter and bake them. That may make them fluffier. As for this time, they were very good and we will make them again!

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