twisted bread

Hold onto your seat, I have found you a recipe that may change your life. Well, that’s probably a bit of an exaggeration, but this is the best bread I’ve ever made, and that’s a huge statement. These breadsticks turned two of us in the house into curly bread stick junkies. The texture and the flavor will take you to some magical place.

To make these curly breadsticks, you twist bread dough around either 12-inch skewers or 18-inch (¼-inch diameter) dowels. The longer dowels are better, as they’re reusable, and they provide you with a “handle” for holding the breadstick while you’re eating it.

This recipe was modified from several I found on the web, but is evidently inspired by a Utah restaurant called Pizza Factory.

Curly bread sticks

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups flour 
  • ½ cup melted butter, divided
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • 8 (¼-inch diameter) wooden dowels, cut into 18" lengths
  • Or  8 (12-inch) skewers.  

Directions:

You may use a bread machine set on the “Dough” setting to mix the ingredients (through flour) and knead the dough. After the dough rises in the machine, form the dough as described below.

Or you can mix and knead the dough by hand. To do so, in a bowl mix the yeast, sugar, and warm water together and let sit for 2-3 minutes until foamy.  Add oil, salt, and flour and knead by hand until smooth and elastic. Remove dough and lightly coat a bowl with olive oil.  Place dough back in the bowl turning once to coat, then cover with a towel and let rise until doubled, about one hour.

Divide dough into 8 equal parts. Lightly cover your hands with flour and roll each part into an 18-inch long snake.

Moisten the skewer or dowel with water ¼-inch from the top. This is where you will start wrapping the dough. If you’re using the skewers, wrap almost to the bottom, and moisten the skewer where the breadstick will end. If you’re using a dowel, wrap the dough leaving about 6 inches at the bottom, moistening the dowel where it will end. Make sure dough is securely fastened at the top and bottom of each skewer or dowel.

Let breadsticks rise until doubled, over a 13x9-inch pan. (To keep breadsticks from touching each other, I found I actually needed 2 pans.) The tips of each stick will be touching the tops of the pan, suspending the twisted dough over the pan. (You may let twisted breadsticks rise on a lightly floured board, but they will have a flat side where they were lying on the board.)

Brush with 2-3 tablespoons melted butter.  Bake breadsticks (still suspended over pan) at 375 for about 20 minutes or until golden.  

Meanwhile, combine remaining 4 tablespoons melted butter, garlic salt, rosemary, and Parmesan cheese. Immediately brush seasoned butter mix on breadsticks when they come out of the oven.   

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Sunshine Sweets Bakery is having its grand opening on Sunday, March 20th, from 6-9pm EST! Come and try some free samples and enjoy some sweets. The bakery is located in the Goblet at Ward 4, House 42, Room 19.

(An NPC bakery employee miqo’te is present to take orders and serve on anyone who wishes to roleplay in the bakery, 24/7)

Free samples include:

Dark Pretzels - Savory twists of bread, sprinkled with coarse-ground salt and served with a side of dragon pepper mustard.

Honey Muffins - Moist, fluffy cakes made with generous portions of honey and served with whipped honey-orange butter.

Apple Tarts - Small, round flaky pastries filled with softened, sweet faerie apples and fragrant spices. Lightly drizzled with caramel sauce.

Ginger Cookie Sandwiches - Creamy ginger, cinnamon buttercream frosting between two melt-in-your-mouth, sweet and spicy cookies.

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