“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”— James Beard
You don’t need to go to an Italian restaurant to eat fresh and warm homemade doughy breadsticks. A truly addicting salad or pasta side, learn how to make this truly comforting herbed bread snack right at home.
Dissolve the sugar and yeast into the warm water and let sit for about 10 minutes until the mixture becomes bubbly.
In another bowl, add the flour and salt. Slowly and gradually add the yeast mixture to the bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon or using a stand mixer with a hook attachment. Add the melted butter and mix until well combined.
Knead the dough for about 3 minutes, making sure not too overwork the dough. Cut the dough into even pieces, rolling each piece out with your hands to form a snake-like strip. Cover and place in a warm spot for an hour to let it rise.
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. While the dough is rising, prepare your toppings. Melt butter with chopped garlic and a sprinkling of salt. Other optional toppings include fresh chopped rosemary, thyme or spicy red pepper flakes.
Once the bread has risen, brush with the butter-garlic-herb mixture. Stick in the oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Sprinkle with sea salt (or other optional toppings) and serve.