Italian Twist Breadsticks
These breadsticks, made in an Italian twist style, have a beautifully golden-brown, crisp crust with a soft and fluffy crumb. Before baking, the breadsticks are lightly coated with a mix of butter, parsley, and parmesan - divine.
The essence of the twist
The Italian Twist offers a distinctive version of the classic baguette. Its standout feature is its soft, airy center, surrounded by a crisp, golden crust. Before baking, the dough is lightly coated with butter, parmesan, and a blend of seasonings, including garlic and parsley. The name “twist” comes from the breadstick’s unique shape, formed by twisting the dough before it’s coated with butter and seasonings.
The secret behind these breadsticks: honey and olive oil
Our recipe has two essential ingredients; without them, it falls completely flat: honey and olive oil. These two ingredients are vital for making this recipe work because they affect the consistency of the crumb and how the crust forms and bakes in the oven, as well as adding their unique flavor profiles to the bread.
- Olive Oil: When a tablespoon of olive oil is incorporated into the dough, it creates a more substantial and robust crumb. This not only enhances the overall texture of the breadsticks but also contributes to their structural integrity, giving them a chewiness that sets them apart from ordinary breadsticks.
- Honey: Adding a teaspoon of honey to the bread dough balances flavors and textures. The honey introduces a subtle, natural sweetness that complements the savory notes of the bread. Moreover, it is crucial to ensure the breadsticks remain soft and moist. This sweetness is not overpowering but adds a nuanced flavor profile, making these breadsticks a versatile side to a wide range of dishes, from soups and salads to main courses.
The importance of rising
We allow the dough to rise for about an hour or until it doubles in size. During this time, the dough undergoes fermentation, a natural process where the yeast works its magic. This fermentation is crucial for developing a deep, rich flavor in the bread, contributing significantly to the overall taste.
By ensuring that the dough is allowed to rise fully, we essentially allow the flavors to mature and intensify, which is a key factor in achieving the breadsticks’ distinctive and signature taste.
Dips and twists
Are you looking for a dip to serve with your Italian Twist? Well, we have some good ones for you;
- Pesto Aioli: This dip is a sublime fusion of traditional aioli and classic pesto, blending the creamy, garlicky goodness of aioli with the fresh, herby zest of pesto - delicious!
- Pesto Mayo: This dip combines the rich, creamy consistency of mayonnaise with the herb-infused aroma of pesto. Offering a more delicate yet flavor-packed alternative to Pesto Aioli, it’s ideal for anyone seeking a subtle pesto flavor.
- Bacon Aioli: For those who crave a touch of smokiness with their breadsticks, it is an absolute must-try. This dip combines the rich, savory flavors of bacon with the smooth, creamy base of aioli that perfectly complements the subtle flavors of the Italian Twist breadsticks.
Serving your twist
Want more than a dip? Here are some ways to serve your beautiful Italian Twist Breadsticks;
- Soups and stews: Serve them with a hearty minestrone, tomato basil soup, or a rich beef stew. The breadsticks are great for dipping and soaking up the flavorful broth.
- Salads: Complement a fresh Caesar salad, Caprese salad, or a mixed greens salad with these breadsticks. They add a crunchy texture and are a nice contrast to the crispness of the salad.
- Pasta dishes: Pair them with classic Italian pasta dishes like spaghetti carbonara, fettuccine Alfredo, or a simple aglio e olio.
- Cheese boards: Include them in a cheese and charcuterie board. They pair well with various cheeses, cured meats, olives, and fruits.
- Wine pairing: Enjoy them with a glass of wine, like a light Chardonnay or a robust Chianti, depending on the rest of your meal.
Is it possible to freeze the breadsticks?
Absolutely! The dough can be frozen post-rise. Wrap it in cling film and then in foil for best results. After thawing, shape and bake as usual. The dough can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Alternatively, you can freeze the baked breadsticks after they cool. Wrap them in foil for freezing. Reheat them directly from the freezer at 350°F for about 30-40 minutes. The baked breadsticks can be kept frozen for 3-4 months.
Can I prepare the dough ahead of time?
Certainly! Prepare the dough and allow it to rise. Once risen, store it in the refrigerator, either in a covered container or under a kitchen towel, overnight. The next day, you can shape and bake the breadsticks.
Italian Twist Breadsticks
These Italian Twist breadsticks offer a delightful contrast of textures - golden and crunchy on the exterior yet soft and fluffy within. Brushed with a flavorful blend of butter, parsley, and parmesan - they're absolutely divine.
0.2 ounces dried yeast
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups plain flour
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
½ cup butter
2 teaspoons garlic powder
⅓ cup parmesan
A handful of chopped parsley
¾ teaspoon rock salt
Mix the 0.2 oz. dried yeast, 1 cup warm water, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon sugar in a bowl. Leave it to stand for around 10-15 minutes until the yeast starts producing foam.
Add the 3 cups of plain flour, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of honey to the yeast and water. In a Mix everything in until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated and then knead the dough for roughly 5 minutes or use a stand mixer.
Let the dough stand for approximately one hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven on 400°F. Lay out baking paper on a tray. Once the dough has risen, split the dough into roughly 2.5oz. pieces and shape them into small breadsticks (roughly 2-3 inches), then twist the dough from top to bottom. This should lengthen the breadstick further to around 5-6 inches. Lay the twisted dough onto the baking tray.
Mix in the melted ½ cup butter, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, ⅓ cup parmesan and a handful of chopped parsley. Brush the mixture on the shaped dough in the baking tray. Make sure all the dough is thoroughly coated in the melted butter mixture.
Bake the breadsticks at 400°F for roughly 20 minutes or until golden brown. Once the breadsticks are out of the oven, sprinkle them with ¾ teaspoon of rock salt. We recommend serving while warm with some garlic dip.
- Calories 431 kcal |
- Carbohydrate Content 72.9 g |
- Cholesterol Content 63 mg |
- Fat Content 27.6 g |
- Fiber Content 31.3 g |
- Protein Content 5.4 g |
- Serving Size 1 portion |
- Sodium Content 1739 mg |
- Sugar Content 40.7 g |
About the author
Emma Donin is the culinary maestro behind this blog that serves as a melting pot of global cuisines and gastronomic adventures. Her culinary journey began in her grandmother's kitchen, where she learned the fundamentals of cooking and the importance of using fresh, quality ingredients.