Tonight's supper was nothing special. We ate spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, and bread sticks. We made sloppy joes for supper the other day and Neil browned enough ground beef for that meal and this one, so it was only a matter of putting the beef in the Prego. (Neil likes Prego better than my made-from-scratch tomato sauce. *Sob*)
We sauteed the frozen green beans in a little olive oil and soy sauce and I tried a new recipe for the breadsticks. Neil said he liked my normal recipe better, but I liked this recipe better.
1 1/8 cups water (70 to 80 degrees F)
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh basil
3 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine, melted
In bread machine pan, place the first nine ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed). When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 20 portions. Shape each into a ball; roll each into a 9-in. rope. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Brush warm breadsticks with butter.
**I did make a few changes to the recipe: I only put in about 2 teaspoons of garlic powder as 3 seemed to be too much. I didn't have any Parmesan so that was omitted. I used a mixture of dried basil and dried thyme leaves instead of fresh basil. I don't have a bread maker so I just used my Kitchenaid. And, I completely forgot to add any oil. The nice thing is that I've learned that most recipes are fairly forgiving!! The bread still came out tasty!