I had bookmarked this bread stick bones recipes on my do to list for last Halloween. However last year I didn’t get enough time as my baby was around 9 ½ month old, and constantly demanding my attention. So this time I thought I will make bread stick bones. Fun part of Halloween is dressing and going for trick & treat. My kids are going to dress up but I am not taking them to trick treat. They will be handing over chocolates as trick-treaters come by. Further Halloween is coming on working day.
Halloween means spooky movies, trick treat and costumes. However both I and my hubby are not horror movie fans. I can’t watch them, if I watch I couldn’t sleep for entire night. Somebody needed to accompany me, if have to go to use the restroom in the night. If I am watching Indian Ghost movies, then even the ghost will start singing and dancing to songs. With its white sari and untied hair, I think I horror in that cases feels like a comedy.
Last post I mentioned about my experience towards bad bread sticks from PappaJohn’s. However I greatly enjoy the bread sticks from Pizza Hut. I even try tocreate their breadsticks at home and succeeded to an extent. I won’t say I beat them, still it tasted great. So when I decided to make bread stick bones, I don’t want to use the same recipe, and was finally inspired with this taste of home’s recipe for soft garlic bread sticks. I did not want to use entirely bread flour, as they tend to make the breads little chewy to our taste buds, and used a combination of bread flour and All Purpose flour. In the bread stick dough I used Parmesan cheese, dried parsley, marjoram, thyme, black pepper, rosemary along with fresh basil. My basil plant is growing really well, and I always think that I am going to make basil pesto, but that day has not yet come. So I decided to use it in my bread stick. I also used garlic and onion powder, and trust me I used every herbs and spices available in pantry to make it really herbed bread sticks.
I had to change the recipe as the original one is using bread machine, and I don’t have one in my hand. I made the dough with Kitchen Aid stand mixer and allowed it to ferment for 60 minutes to double. Then divided into two pieces and tried two different shaped bones. First one is adapted from serious eats and second shape is from here. I know it is not that spooky, but I tried my best to bring out my artist for making this bone shapes, it turned out be okay still needs lot of room for improvement Trust me they are delicious bread sticks even my son love to eat with marinara.
So if you are planning for a Halloween party in your backyard, you can try this. It is delicious not doubt about that. May be you can make them little more spooky by adding some marinara in the bones itself.
I am planning to make few spookier treat, so stay tuned for that. Here comes the recipe, you can also make them into normal shape as they are delicious.
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water (70° to 80°)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoons of onion powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or 3-4 pepper corns
- 2 cups /280g bread flour
- 1cup/ all purpose flour
- 21/4 teaspoons instant yeast/if using active dry yeast make sure to proof
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- In a bowl of kitchen aid stand mixer add all the ingredients except water and melted butter and with dough hook attachment, slowly add water to form soft pliable dough. (In a coffee blender add all the herbs including basil and grind well so that herbs won’t remain as big pieces)
- Transfer to a well greased bowl cover with plastic wrap and damp towel and set aside for 1 hour or double in size. Once it is doubled transfer the dough to work table and spread it into 10 inch wide and 12 inch rectangle. Then cut it in the center to create two pieces.
- Then with one half, cut into 10 inch long and 1 ½ inch wide pieces. For the bread sticks shaped as serious eats article roll each piece into a single rope and tie knot at each end. Transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper and set aside for doubling for another 30 minutes.
- Then with second part of dough cut it into 10 inch long and 1 ½ inch wide pieces. Then at the each end make a cut at 1 inch deep (I think making ½ inch is enough mine was little longer) so that you can make a small twist on each ends. Set aside for proofing for another 30 minutes.
- By the end of the second proofing, preheat oven to 350F. Brush the sticks with melted before going into oven. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and again brush them once again with melted butter.
- Set aside for cooling in the pan for about 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack.
- Serve with marinara while they are warm.
I am linking this delicious bread sticks Yeast Spotting.
Other tried and tested bread stick recipe Bread Stick Pizza hut style