Chewy, buttery, soft homemade BREADSTICKS that will knock Olive Garden’s breadsticks out of the park. You’ll be surprised how easy it is and all the variations you can make with it. Utterly addictive and highly adaptable restaurant-quality baked treats!
Start by combining water and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Let the yeast sit for a few minutes, and stir. The yeast should start to foam on top. This lets you know the yeast is fresh and active, if it doesn't, the yeast may not be fresh. Skip this step if using Instant Yeast and proceed with the rest of the instructions.
Add sugar, salt, and melted butter, stir to combine.
Gradually add flour and continue mixing. Add enough flour to form soft dough.
Transport dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 6-8 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the dough. Cover loosely with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm place for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until doubled. Punch the dough down. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Divide dough into about 12 pieces, then shape each piece into about 6-7-inch rope. Transfer the dough on to lined baking sheets and place 2 inches apart from each other. Cover with a kitchen cloth and let it rise until doubled, about 25 minutes or more.
During the last ten minutes of rising time, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter, then sprinkle with the desired topping.
Serve with my homemade with pizza sauce here.