Go Back
+ servings

Tasty Soft Garlic and Herb Bread Sticks Recipe

April Freeman
Our recipe for Soft Garlic and Herb Breadsticks is a wonderful addition to a meal. While the seasonings for this recipe lend themselves more to an Italian menu, you can alter them if you are enjoying another kind of fare. Alternately, you can simply omit the Italian seasoning and just serve them as a kind of garlic bread.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 Servings

Equipment

  • Electric Bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Sharp knife
  • Small bowl

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for Bread Dough

  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 1 package Active Dry Yeast about 2 ½ teaspoons
  • 3 tbsp Melted Butter
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 cups Flour

Ingredients for Herb Butter

  • 3 teaspoons Melted Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Course Flaked Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of an electric with a dough hook or in a large mixing bowl, stir together the warm water and the yeast.
  • Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed for five minutes or so to activate the yeast.
  • Using a large wooden spoon or the mixer on low speed, gradually stir in the flour, salt, and butter.
  • After mixing for a bit, the mixture should start to ball up and stick together. If it remains too dry, add a tablespoon or two of additional warm water.
  • Once the dough has started to stick together, it’s time to knead the dough.
  • If you have an electric mixer with a dough hook, turn the speed to medium-low and allow the mixer to knead the dough for seven or eight minutes.
  • Otherwise, if you are kneading by hand, lightly flour a breadboard or your countertop.
  • Using the heels of your hands, stretch and press the dough flat.
  • Fold the bread dough over on itself and give it a half-turn.
  • Stretch and press the dough flat again, folding it again.
  • Repeat this process for seven or eight minutes, turning and kneading the dough.
  • As the dough is kneaded, the flour will be fully incorporated and the gluten in the flour will begin to be activated, which will help trap the yeast bubbles and give your bread a light, airy texture.
  • You can stop kneading when the bread dough is smooth, elastic, and not sticky, but not dry. Don’t be intimidated by the kneading process. It really isn’t very difficult.
  • Once the bread is fully kneaded, place the dough ball into the mixing bowl and drizzle a tablespoon or so of oil over the dough, turning it so that it is fully coated with oil.
  • Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let the dough sit undisturbed for about 90 minutes to rise.
  • When the dough is doubled in bulk, punch it down to release the air bubbles.
  • Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat it into a long roll.
  • Using a sharp knife cut the roll into twelve separate pieces.
  • Shape each piece into long six to eight inch rectangles and place each one on a parchment-lined baking sheet about three inches apart.
  • In a small bowl, melt the butter and stir in the salt, garlic, and Italian seasoning.
  • Brush each breadstick all over with this mixture.
  • Allow the breadsticks to rise for about 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

Notes

Ancient people groups from all over the world used bread as a foundation for every meal. In fact even in modern times, in some parts of the world, a meal is not complete without bread. Whether it’s a middle Eastern pita bread, a dark rustic bread like pumpernickel from Central Europe, or a soft breadstick from Italy, bread is found everywhere. In many places, yeast is the main rising ingredient, often captured and nurtured from wild yeasts that float in the air.
Did you know that baking bread, however, is much easier than you might think? You don’t have to wait until you go out to dinner to have an aromatic, soft, and delicious piece of bread. While many people rely on refrigerated or frozen bread doughs to have that fresh baked aroma and flavor in their own homes, it really isn’t that much trouble to create lovely yeast breads from scratch at home.
If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, this recipe gets even more easy. Simply place the ingredients in the mixer bowl, turn on the mixer and walk away. The mixer does the hard work of kneading and mixing the bread. All you have to do is allow it to rise and later shape and bake the bread.
However, if you don’t have a stand mixer, you can still create homemade bread. In fact, many home cooks find the rhythm of kneading bread by hand soothing and comforting. Even if you have a stand mixer, you should make bread by hand at least once so that you can appreciate and experience the creation of bread the way that our ancestors did.
Keyword Bread, Garlic and Herb Bread Sticks, Recipe
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!