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Monday, March 15, 2010

Bread Twists (like The Pizza Factory)

Do you like The Pizza Factory's bread twists that they bring out on long wooden sticks?


These are EVEN BETTER! One thing I love about making food myself is that I can control what goes into it. I know that my bread sticks aren't bigger than your arm and slathered with who-knows-how-much butter and parmesan cheese (but if you like that, then by all means, go for it!). I even made mine with a cup of wheat flour, and we both thought they were better than The Pizza Factory's! And this recipe is SO easy, you don't even have to knead the dough! The original recipe can be found here.

Bread Twists

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp yeast
3 1/2 cups flour (I did 1 cup whole wheat)
1 tsp salt
Melted butter (2–4 Tbsp, plus more to brush on baked bread twists)
2–4 cloves of garlic, minced (promise me you'll use real garlic for the insides, it's SOOOOOO good! You've GOT to!)
Kosher salt (for sprinkling)

Directions:
Put sugar and yeast in the mixing bowl and add warm water. Cover and let sit for 5–10 minutes. Then mix in 3 1/2 cups flour, a cup at a time, and the salt. Mix until smooth (I used my KitchenAid, it took a about 3 minutes). Cover and let rise for 10 minutes.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a large square (this is as close as mine got to the square—haha).
Mix minced garlic with the melted butter and brush onto the dough. Then sprinkle with Kosher salt.

Fold dough in half.

Cut into one-inch strips.
Twist and place on cookie sheet. We tried a few on bamboo skewers and they were really fun! The bread twists can be placed pretty close together.
Let rise for 15–20 minutes while preheating the oven to 400º. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Immediately after baking, brush with more garlic butter (I used powdered garlic here, I didn't know if fresh would be too strong) and sprinkle with Kosher salt and grated parmesan cheese (we were out of cheese, but they were still phenomenal without!).

We just ate them plain, but you can dip them in marinara, alfredo sauce, or ranch!

*The site where I got this recipe says it makes great pizza dough: just roll it into a circle, top, and bake at 400º for 15–20 minutes.

Enjoy your bread twists!! We sure did! And please excuse our messy kitchen...we were in the middle of baking! ;)

2 comments:

Trent and Mandy said...

Linds, you are so cute! I love all of the cooking ideas you are giving me. You must be such a great cook! I secretly wish I lived at your house!

Bec said...

They were great! More fun than plain breadsticks! Keep the recipes coming! Thanks!