Fast and Easy Breadsticks

Oh my goodness!  This recipe for fast and easy breadsticks is my all-time favorite.  It really is so fast, so easy, and the breadsticks are absolutely delicious.  You wouldn't believe that they actually came from such a quick and simple recipe.

I make this recipe all the time when I want fresh hot bread to go with a meal and I haven't planned ahead.  The dough comes together quickly and a short 10-20 minute rise is all that is needed.  Then a quick bake in the oven and these little twisty, soft, buttery breadsticks are ready to grace your table.

Be sure to scroll past the recipe to see my tutorial, with pictures, about how I make these breadsticks.

Now for the tutorial . . .

First mix all ingredients together in a bowl until they start to come together.  The dough will look shaggy.  It may look kind of dry, or even a little sticky depending on the day. Doesn't matter.  You are on the right track.

Turn that shaggy dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand, adding more flour as necessary, to keep it from sticking to the surface and your hands.  Knead for 2-3 minutes, no more. 

The dough should be tacky and maybe even the tiniest bit sticky.  Bring the dough together in a ball.

Oil the bowl you mixed the dough in , and put the ball of dough right back into the bowl.  Cover and let rise for at least 10 minutes.  In my opinion, the longer the better on this.  I like to give it an hour if I can.  I have even made this dough in the morning before work or church and then put it in a bowl with a tight-fitting lid to rise slowly in the refrigerator while I am gone.

Even after just 10-20 minutes, the dough should look puffy and ready to roll.

Roll the dough out into a rectangle and cut into strips.  I use my pizza cutter to cut the dough and it works great!

Then twist the strips and put them on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.  Put them right next to each other.  It will help them stay twisted and also help them get a better rise in the oven.

Brush the unbaked breadsticks with melted butter and sprinkle with salt.  You can also sprinkle with garlic salt and/or parmesan cheese, if desired.

Bake at 425 until golden brown.  Serve warm.

These are my favorite pre-cut, unbleached parchment sheets that I use for almost everything I bake.

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This is the bowl I use if I ever want to make this dough a few hours ahead of time and let it rise in the fridge.  I have had mine for years and love, love, love it!

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A pizza cutter makes slicing through this dough, to create the breadstick strips, a total breeze.

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These breadsticks are the absolute best. I really hope you give them a try.  I know you will love them as much as I do!