Saturday, April 2, 2011

'ALMOST' famous breadstick via Foodnetwork.com

I love love love breads, and when I goes to the restaurant here, I will always eat alot of the free flow bread! And the 2 Restaurant's bread that I love most is the ones from; Cheesecake factory and Olive garden. So I tried using a top-rated with alot of positive reviews, 'Almost famous' Breadstick recipe on Foodnetwork.com.

The recipe make 16 breadsticks but I half the recipe because there are only 2 of us!
It was indeed a very easy recipe, and kneading time takes less than 15minutes to reach this stage for rising!
The result was 'ALMOST' which was the keyword! Why is Olive garden bread so FAMOUS, so IRRESISTIBLE because it was REALLY SOFT, light and airy. This recipe was 'ALMOST' but not airy and light enough, it was more of a dense and chewy bread. I had found another recipe which uses Bread flour. I will try it out soon!

Although 'Almost' it was a quick fixed for Mushroom soup!
Total prep time takes about 1.5hour!
Read on for the recipe.

Ingredients
For the Dough:
1 package active dry yeast (1 1/8tsp)
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour,plus more for dusting (300gram)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter,softened (1tbsp)
2 tablespoons sugar (1tbsp)
1 tablespoon fine salt (1/2 tbsp)
1 1/2 cup of water (187.5gram)

For the Topping:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter,melted
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of dried oregano

Directions
Make the dough: Place 1/4 cup warm water in the bowl of a mixer; sprinkle in the yeast and set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the flour, butter, sugar, fine salt and 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons warm water; mix with the paddle attachment until a slightly sticky dough forms, 5 minutes.

Knead the dough by hand on a floured surface until very smooth and soft, 3 minutes. Roll into a 2-foot-long log; cut into 16 1 1/2-inch-long pieces. Knead each piece slightly and shape into a 7-inch-long breadstick; arrange 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with a cloth; let rise in a warm spot until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Make the topping: Brush the breadsticks with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Bake until lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt with the garlic powder and oregano. Brush the warm breadsticks with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with the flavored salt.

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