Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grape Garden Breadsticks

There is a restaurant that has something to do with olives and gardens. This restaurant makes amazing breadsticks.

No, it's not a riddle, I don't want to pay the restaurant for using their name. I will just call them the Grape Garden. If you want to make it sound fancy, we could call them the Oliven Garten. No? Fine.

My Mom decided to make a copycat Grape Garden dinner one night. She made salad dressing, salad, pasta, and breadsticks. Wonderful, delicious breadsticks.



  • 1 cup and 2 Tbsp. warm water (110-115F.)
  • 1 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3+ cups flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

  1. In your electric mixer, whisk the water, yeast, and 1/2 tsp. of the sugar together until the yeast is dissolved. Allow the yeast to rest for 10 minutes.
  2. After the yeast has rested, add the rest of the sugar (1 Tbsp. and 2 1/2 tsp.), half of the flour (1 1/2 cups), salt, and vegetable oil. Put the paddle attachment on the mixer and mix the mixture (ha-ha!) until well combined.
  3. Switch the mixers paddle attachment with a dough hook, and add in the remaining flour (1 1/2 cups). Kneed the dough on low speed until the it is smooth and elastic. You may have to add up to 1/4 cup of flour. The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl, but it should still be a little bit sticky.
  4. Butter a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow it to rise in a warm room for about 1 1/2 hours, or until it has doubled.
  5. Grease two cookie sheets. Punch down the dough, and then divide it into 12 equal portions (approximately 2 ounces each). 
  6. Lightly flour your work surface. Keep the idle portions covered with plastic wrap as you roll each piece into a 9 inch rope. After you roll each piece, move them onto the cookie sheets.
  7. Cover the cookie sheets with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for an hour in a warm room.
  8. During the last 10 minutes of rising, preheat your oven to 425.
  9. Bake the breadsticks for 11-13 minutes until golden. For a golden crust, you can broil yours for the last minute. Meanwhile, mix the salt with the garlic powder in a small pinch bowl.
  10. When the they come out of the oven, spread the butter on them and immediately sprinkle the salt/garlic mixture over the tops of the breadsticks.

Thanks, Cooking Classy, for letting me use your recipe!

Smile and say "Yum"!

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