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Homemade breadsticks are the perfect comfort food. This recipe is easy and delicious, and it goes well with so many different types of meals.
The way to my family’s heart is a plate of homemade breadsticks.
These are comfort food at its best. A bowl of soup becomes something special when paired with these perfectly seasoned breadsticks. They’re soft, flavorful, and so easy to make.
I don’t eat a lot of gluten because of a sensitivity. I can handle a little bit, though, so I try to make it worth my while when I do eat wheat. These homemade breadsticks are definitely worth my while. I just love their seasonings and texture.
The key to making these breadsticks nice and soft is in the yeast. If your yeast doesn’t bubble up like mine did in the picture above, it’s too old to be effective.
If you’re serving a crowd, you can easily double the recipe. This is a whole grain version, but you can substitute one cup of white flour for one cup of the whole wheat flour if you’re new to eating whole wheat products. These homemade breadsticks taste best the day they’re made. Freeze them if you’re making them ahead of time.
For the Dough
- 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- 3/4 cup warm water divided
- 1 tsp plus 1 tbs. honey
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbs olive oil
For the Topping
- 1 tbs olive oil divided
- 1/4 tsp salt divided
- pinch of onion powder
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of oregano
- Place the yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water (110 to 115 degrees), and stir in the teaspoon of honey. Leave it for about 20 minutes, or until the mixture gets very bubbly. While the yeast is activating, place the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Once the yeast is bubbly, add the yeast mixture, 1/2 cup warm water, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and the tablespoon of honey to the bowl of flour.
- Mix the dough in a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. It should be well saturated, but not very sticky. Add a little more water or flour to get this consistency if needed.
- Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead it for about 3 minutes, or until smooth.
- Divide the dough into 12 evenly sized pieces, and roll them into logs about 5 inches long. Place the logs of dough on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, leaving space between the breadsticks. Cover the breadsticks with a non-fuzzy kitchen towel, and let the dough rise for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is heating up, brush the breadsticks with about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil (distributing it among all the breadsticks), then sprinkle them with 1/8 teaspoon of salt (total for all the breadsticks). Bake the breadsticks for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- While the breadsticks are baking, combine the remaining 1/8 teaspoon of salt with the onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano. After the breadsticks come out of the oven, brush them with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle the spice mixture on them while they’re still warm.
- Store in an airtight container for up to two days, or freeze for later use.
Homemade Breadsticks Price Breakdown
This entire recipe costs a total of $1.09 to make, or $.09 per breadstick. What a fantastic price for comfort food that will make your family smile!