Sunday, October 13, 2013

Mom's Breadsticks

I was flipping through my recipe book for dinner tonight and came across my mom's breadstick recipe.  I had quickly scribbled it onto a card years ago, and had to call my mom tonight to clear up what some of my hurriedly written instructions meant, and then decided to make them for the first time ever myself.  The recipe looked weird to me because there's not much to it and I didn't know how they could possibly taste anything like what my mom used to make, but they actually turned out and were delicious!

I was taken back to Sunday dinners at my childhood home, before my parents got divorced. Sundays have always been my favorite day (thus the name of this blog). We'd get home from church starving and my mom would whip up something in the kitchen while we all changed.  Sometimes I'd help her and sometimes I'd read until dinner (or lunch if our church was in the 9am time slot).  She made these breadsticks often because (as I discovered tonight) they are so easy.  We'd all sit around the table in the dining room.  Chandler would be sulking in her room and someone would have to go tell her to come up 2 or 3 times before she'd make it to the table.  She usually ended up storming out of the room before the meal was over or throwing a tantrum.  My dad would go around the table and ask us what we had learned at church that day, Hunter would quietly and politely eat his meal, I would prob do something bossy or showoff-ish, Taylor was just happy to be there, my mom would bustle around the kitchen cleaning and getting things for us- only sitting down to eat when the rest of us were nearly finished.  My mom is the best cook I know and she taught me all of her best recipes.  I'm excited to make her breadsticks for my little brood at our own family dinners in the coming years.  And I'll be kind enough to share it with you:

Tina's Breadsticks

1 1/2 cup warm water
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp yeast
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
6 Tbsp butter

Stir sugar into warm water and then sprinkle yeast on top.  Let sit until yeast foams (about 5-10 minutes).  Pour the water/yeast/sugar mix into the flour/salt mixture and stir into a sticky dough (I use my Kitchenaid and dough hook).  Turn into a greased bowl, cover with saran wrap sprayed on the inside with Pam, and set in a warm place.  (In the winter I'll plug the sink, fill it with a couple inches of warm water, and set the bowl in it).  Let raise for 20-30 minutes.  While the dough is raising, preheat the oven to 400 and put 6 Tbsp of butter on a cookie sheet with sides.  Put the sheet in the oven to melt the butter.  Punch down and roll out on a floured surface.  Cut the dough with a pizza cutter into strips about an inch wide.  Roll each strip in the butter from the cookie sheet, fold in half and twist, and then lay onto the cookie sheet.  When all strips are laying on the sheet, sprinkle with garlic powder and parmesan.  Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until dark golden.

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