Since our kids were little, we have reserved Sunday evenings as Family Nights. We rotate through the family, taking turns choosing our activity for the night. We have made some worthwhile memories with this tradition, and I am so thankful my husband had the foresight to put it on our calendars.
Last night was my turn to choose an activity. The weather made my first choice a not-so-great option, so I chose Scrabble, a new breadsticks recipe and an old Ingrid Bergman/Yul Brynner film, “Anastasia”. See, I wanted to watch an old movie, but not all of my family loves old movies like I do. Plus, I had never seen “Anastasia”, so I didn’t even know if it was worth watching. I basically added the breadsticks to soften up my crew with food. It mostly worked.
These are a quick yeast bread breadstick, so don’t expect the soft yeasty-ness of Olive Garden. They are yeasty on the inside and kind of crunchy on the outside. Even though the recipe I used calls to make 12 breadsticks, we made 10 since there are five in our family. We each shaped two sticks and dressed two sticks according to our preference.
These guys would be tasty with soup or with a good ol’ summer garden supper…or as a snacky bribe on your next Family Night!
1 t. active dry yeast
3/4 c. warm water
2 t. sugar
1/2 t. salt
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 T. olive oil
1 T. butter, softened
Topping Options: More butter for brushing on top, salt, minced garlic or garlic powder, herbs
Combine yeast and water and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
Add sugar and salt and stir until dissolved.
Add flour, olive oil and butter, mixing until dough forms in a ball.
Dump dough onto flour surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
Brush 2 baking sheets with olive oil.
Divide dough into 10-12 pieces. Roll each piece into 12-16″ rope, rolling them in the oil to coat before setting them on baking sheet. Cover pans with towel and let rise 45-60 minutes.
Preheat over to 400. Brush melted butter over breadsticks and top according to preference.
Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.