Thursday, January 31, 2013

Quick and simple buttery garlic bread sticks

Review by Rachael:

Yield: 8 servings

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 tablespoon oil
3 cups flour (I use part whole wheat, part unbleached)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4-1 cup milk
1 + 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon parsley flakes 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place butter and oil in 9x13 pan and put in oven so butter melts as the oven heats up. Be careful not to let it burn!  Stir dry ingredients together (1 tsp of the garlic), and gradually add milk, stirring until dough forms and leaves sides of bowl. I don't bother to actually measure out the milk - just add it gradually until there's enough. Knead 5-6 times in bowl; place on floured countertop and roll out into 9x13-inch rectangle. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in the melted butter before placing dough in the pan.  Lay dough in pre-heated 9x13-inch pan, atop the melted butter/oil.  Cut into 1/2" strips. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.  Breadsticks may be sprinkled with parmesan cheese before baking.

I followed these directions & they were easy to make. They smelled wonderful while they were baking.  When I took them out the tops looked kind of dry but the bottoms were golden brown from the butter. We dipped them in marinara sauce and… not great. Jake took one bite & was done. I finished mine but wasn’t impressed. They were dry on the outside and almost flat. I feel as if they would have risen a little more they would have been okay. Jason loved the seasoning but wasn’t sure about the texture. I think I may keep experimenting with this one and see if we can find a bread stick the whole family can enjoy. 

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