This is my tried and true recipe for Quick Soft Breadsticks. I found it years ago while looking for a breadstick recipe I could make in less than two hours. This recipe came through, and I've been using it ever since, which is kind of miraculous since I tend to jump from recipe to recipe. This one's been a real keeper.
Fast rising yeast is key here. If you are not in a hurry you could certainly use active dry yeast, but I use fast rising or instant. My favorite brand is SAF which comes in different strengths. I use the one with the gold label which is actually for high sugar doughs, but works with other dough.
With the fast rising yeast, the dough needs two 30 minute rising sessions. With active dry, it will most likely need a 1 hour session and a second 30 minute session after the sticks are formed.
Most of these are older photos. I tried to update with new photos but they are all just as bad. Breadsticks are hard to photograph. The seeds in the photos are Nigella seeds and Everything But the Bagel seasoning. I tend to put different things on all the breadsticks in one batch. Just try the recipe and I'm sure your breadsticks will be prettier than mine.
Quick Soft Breadsticks
- 3 cups bread flour or all purpose flour (380 grams)
- 2 ¼ teaspoons fast rising yeast (one packet)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup warm water (120 to 125 degrees F)
- ¼ cup vegetable oil or olive oil
- optional -- 2 tablespoons melted butter mixed with a clove of crushed garlic or garlic powder
- Mix the flour, yeast, brown sugar and salt together in bowl of a stand mixer. Add the water and stir until almost blended, then add the oil and stir well. Using the dough hook (you can also do it by hand), knead until smooth and elastic.
- Rub a second bowl with olive oil. Turn dough into bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, set in a warm place and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Punch down dough. Roll out into a 10x12 inch rectangle. Cut into 12 inch strips about ¾ inch wide. Twist the strips and place on a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Let rise for 20-30 minutes. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Brush with butter or garlic butter.