Italian Twist Breadsticks

These Italian Twist breadsticks are golden and crispy on the outside while being soft and fluffy on the inside. The breadsticks are brushed in butter, parsley and parmesan which makes for an incredible flavor.

Cripsy Italian breadsticks brushed in butter and served with garlic dip

What is an Italian Twist?

An Italian Twist is a breadstick with a soft, fluffy center and a crunchy, crispy crust. The crust is also brushed with butter and cheese as well as seasoned with herbs and flavoring, such as garlic, parsley and cheese. The “twist” in the “Italian Twist” is referring to the shape of the breadstick. The dough is twisted when shaped before brushed in butter and seasoning.

Olive Oil & Honey

In this recipe, we add a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of honey to the bread dough. The olive oil improves the structure of the crumb while both the honey and the oil make the bread incredibly soft and moist. Both of these add mouth-watering flavor and texture to the bread.

Rising

The dough for this recipe is left to rise for around an hour (or until it has doubled in size). This is done to allow the dough to ferment, and it’s important to leave it to rise as this is what develops a lot of the flavor of the bread.

A breadstick being pulled to show the twisted shape and beautiful crumb

Can I freeze the breadsticks?

Yes, you can freeze the dough after it’s been left to rise. Make sure to wrap the dough in cling film and then in foil. Shape and bake the breadsticks once the dough has thawed out after being frozen. Keep the frozen dough in the freezer for up to 3 months.

You can also freeze the breadsticks once they have cooled out of the oven. Wrap the breadsticks in foil before freezing. You can heat the breadsticks in the oven directly from the freezer at 350°F for roughly 30-40 minutes. Keep the frozen breadsticks in the freezer for 3-4 months.

Can I prepare the dough in advance?

Yes, prepare the dough and let it rise. Once it’s risen, put the dough in the fridge in a covered container or covered by a kitchen towel and leave it in the fridge overnight. You can shape the breadsticks and bake them the next day.

A breadstick with a beautiful, fluffy crumb being dipped in garlic dip

Italian Twist Breadsticks

These Italian Twist breadsticks are golden and crispy on the outside while being soft and fluffy on the inside. The breadsticks are brushed in butter, parsley and parmesan which makes for an incredible flavor.

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Cuisine
Italian

Servings
4

Calories
431 kcal

Prep time
1 hour 20 minutes

Cook time
20 minutes

Total time
1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

    Dough

    • 0.2 ounces dried yeast
    • 1 cup warm water
    • 2 teaspoons lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 3 cups plain flour
    • 2 cloves minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon honey

    Butter & Seasoning

    • ½ cup butter
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • ⅓ cup parmesan
    • A handful of chopped parsley
    • ¾ teaspoon rock salt

Instructions

  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.
Dough twisted and shaped into breadsticks on a baking tray

Nutrition

  • Calories 431 kcal | 
  • Carbohydrates 72.9 g | 
  • Protein 5.4 g | 
  • Fat 27.6 g | 
  • Saturated fat 15.5 g | 
  • Cholesterol 63 mg | 
  • Sodium 1739 mg | 
  • Fiber 31.3 g | 
  • Sugar 40.7 g |