ETA: Grr! I don’t know why, but my blog seems to have a mind of its own – please ignore the random, incredibly large font in the middle of this post! Sorry.
I introduced my stepmom to Pinterest on Thursday and ever since haven’t been able to peel myself away from it regarding some upcoming news… I’ll keep you posted on that when it develops a bit more. Anyway! Pinterest! I was showing her how it can have everything from recipes to furniture ideas to paint colors to hair styles and more… I was getting really excited. Which lead to further pinning of my paint ideas, bedroom ideas, etc. since Thursday.
So not long after I peeled myself off of Pinterest this afternoon, I had a genius idea! I was going to USE Pinterest to make something I SAW on Pinterest! This is a new concept… I like to look and without the room or resources (teensy apartment) to do anything, I just settle on looking. But not tonight! Tonight we had: Olive Garden Breadsticks!
The recipe was re-pinned by Mollie (her website is here – LOVE her stuff! I’m a member of the embroidery-of-the-month club!) and the website is Fully Bellies, Happy Kids. Though she credits the recipe to Misadventures of Mrs. B (website here, and breadstick recipe here!) It seems like sometimes the list of credits goes on and on – regardless, anyone who has ever posted, hosted, or pinned this recipe, you helped get it to me, so THANK you!
Without further adieu – here she is!
Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks
(I, unfortunately, do not have any pictures for an example, but visit the recipe links above and you’ll find mouth-watering examples!)
1 1/2 cups warm water (between 110 – 120 degrees F)
1 package active dry yeast (1 package is equal to 2-1/2 tsp of bulk yeast)
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes, covered. Mixture should be frothy.
In separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Add to yeast mixture. Add melted butter. Mix with dough hook attachment of a stand mixer or wooden spoon until fully combined.
Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth. Do not overknead!
Grease a cookie sheet. Pull off pieces of dough and roll out into strips. (I used my food scraper [look here for what that is] to cut the dough and then rolled them out into strips, worked like a dream!) The number of breadsticks you’ll end up with depends on how thick or thin you make your breadsticks when you cut and roll them out.
Cover the dough and let sit in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and once heated, pop in the bread sticks.
In microwave, combine the following:
1 stick unsalted butter (or 1/2 cup margarine)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt (I only used 1 teaspoon of salt and this was PLENTY. On the same hand, I used SmartBalance to veganize the recipe, so I did NOT use unsalted butter. Obviously, this accounts for some of the salty-ness.)
(I added these all together, butter on top, but my garlic powder burnt in the microwave and I had to pick out clumps of garlic powder. I used a fork, fished them out, and then added a shake more after everything was melted together. So, after making them, I would suggest to first melt the butter and then add the salt and garlic powder.)
After 6 or 7 minutes of baking, brush the bread sticks with half the butter mixture.
Then continue to bake. Bake for 12-15 minutes, if you like the breadsticks softer, go for less time. More crisp, go for more time. Either way, immediately upon removal from the oven brush the other half of the butter on the sticks.
Allow them to cool for a minute or two, and enjoy!
And psst… this IS accidentally vegan. 🙂 So enjoy, really!