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Italian Twist Breadsticks

These Italian Twist breadsticks are a delightful culinary creation, boasting a golden, crisp exterior while remaining soft and airy on the inside. Each breadstick is lovingly coated in a mixture of butter, parsley, and parmesan, lending them an irresistibly rich flavor.

Cripsy Italian breadsticks brushed in butter and served with garlic dip

The Essence of Italian Twist

An Italian Twist is a unique take on the traditional breadstick. What sets it apart is its plush, fluffy heart encased in a crunchy, golden crust. The crust gets a lavish treatment of butter, cheese, and a medley of seasonings like garlic and parsley. The “twist” refers to the breadstick’s distinct shape, achieved by twisting the dough before it’s bathed in butter and seasonings.

A Touch of Olive Oil & Honey

Our recipe incorporates a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of honey into the bread dough. The olive oil enhances the bread’s texture, making the crumb more substantial, while the honey adds a subtle sweetness, ensuring the bread is both soft and moist. These ingredients enrich the breadsticks with delectable flavor and a satisfying texture.

The Importance of Rising

We allow the dough to rise for about an hour or until it doubles in size. This crucial step lets the dough ferment, developing the bread’s flavor depth. Allowing the dough to rise fully is key to achieving the breadsticks’ 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;

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 boast an exquisite taste.



5 mins

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5 mins

431 kcal

Italian twist breadsticks, garnished with herbs and possibly cheese, arranged beautifully on a wooden chopping board. The breadsticks have a golden-brown crust, and in the background, there are small bowls of shredded cheese and herbs.


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. Add the 3 cups of plain flour, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of honey to the yeast and water. Mix everything in until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated and then knead the dough for roughly 5 minutes.

  3. Let the dough stand for approximately one hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


  1. Calories 431 kcal | 
  2. Carbohydrate Content 72.9 g | 
  3. Cholesterol Content 63 mg | 
  4. Fat Content 27.6 g | 
  5. Fiber Content 31.3 g | 
  6. Protein Content 5.4 g | 
  7. Serving Size 1 portion | 
  8. Sodium Content 1739 mg | 
  9. Sugar Content 40.7 g |