Garlic-Herb Breadsticks

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 12 breadsticks
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Ingredients

1 teaspoon active dry yeast

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 clove garlic, minced

Chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme and/or oregano), for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Put 3/4 cup warm water in a food processor. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the sugar and 1 teaspoon salt and pulse until dissolved. Add the flour, olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter and pulse until the dough forms a ball, about 1 minute. Continue to process with the motor running until smooth, about 2 more minutes.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; brush with olive oil. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Divide into 12 pieces, then roll each piece into a 12-to-16-inch rope. Arrange the ropes 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets, rolling them to coat with the oil. Cover each baking sheet with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place until the breadsticks double in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the remaining 3 tablespoons butter and the garlic in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, about 1 minute. Brush the breadsticks with the garlic butter; sprinkle with herbs and salt. Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
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