Making Breadsticks using a food processor is super easy. With a food processor, it takes less than 1 minute to prepare and knead the dough. After that, the dough sits for its first rise. Once the individual breadsticks have been formed, they sit for their second rise before being baked to perfection.
There’s nothing like the smell of fresh bread baking. However, most homemade bread recipes call for proofing the yeast and then using a stand mixer or bread machine to do the 8 to 10 minutes or so of kneading. Otherwise, the kneading is done by hand. No more!
The food processor can knead most bread doughs in a fraction of the time. The metal blade turns at such a fast RPM that most bread dough is fully kneaded in 45 to 90 seconds. The only caveat is that the friction caused by the metal blade can quickly heat the bread dough. If the dough gets too hot, it can kill the yeast.
The solution? Use cold water once all of the dry ingredients, including the yeast, are mixed together. No more proofing the yeast!
If you’d like a more traditional bread recipe using a bread machine, you should check out my Crusty French Bread, Amish Potato Rolls, Buttery Dinner Rolls, or Oat Rolls. I love making bread and watching the magic of yeast transform ordinary ingredient into amazing breads!
Ingredients for Breadsticks
I used the following ingredients for these delicious breadsticks: Bread flour, granulated sugar, Kosher salt, instant or bread machine yeast, unsalted butter and water.
I always use filtered water when making bread. The reason is that chlorine in regular tap water can retard the growth of the yeast or even kill it.
Making the Breadstick Dough in Food Processor
I started by adding the flour, sugar, salt and yeast to the bowl of my food processor fitted with a metal blade. Then, I pulse processed the dry ingredients 5 or 6 times to thoroughly combine them.
After that, I added the butter and the water. I processed the dough for 45 seconds.
After 45 seconds, all of the ingredients had come together and the dough it had formed into a ball.
At this point, the dough was a bit sticky. Therefore, I dumped it onto a floured surface and kneaded the dough 3 or 4 times. Then, I formed it into a ball and placed it into an oiled 8-cup measuring cup. The reason that I used a large measuring cup is that it made it easier to monitor the rising dough.
Finishing the Easy Breadsticks in Food Processor
I covered the measuring cup with plastic wrap, and placed it into a warm location for its first rise. I always follow Julia Child’s approach and let the dough rise in a warm oven. To do this, I turn my electric oven on for 1 minute and 45 seconds. It doesn’t matter what temperature I set. All I’m looking for is the oven to very briefly warm up just until I see the temperature starting to rise.
On my oven, the starting temperature when I turn it on is 100°F. After 1 minute and 45 seconds of the oven being on, the temperature just starts to increase to 101°F. That’s when it’s time to turn the oven off.
It took a little over an hour for the dough to double in size. At that point, I dumped it onto a floured surface and cut it into 12 pieces. Each piece was roughly 1.87 ounces. I took each piece and stretched to about 5 inches and patted it into a rough rectangle. Then, I brought the long ends together and pinched them shut. Next, I rolled the dough back and forth, gently stretching it until it was approximately 8 inches.
I placed the breadsticks onto a silicon lined baking sheet making sure to leave several inches between each breadstick. Next, I covered the baking sheet with a dish towel and placed it into the warm oven to allow the breadsticks to double in size. This took a little over an hour.
Before baking the breadsticks, I brushed them with some garlic butter. Then, I popped them into a preheated 400°F oven for about 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, the breadsticks were golden brown and perfectly cooked. I removed them from the oven and brushed them again with some garlic butter. As a final step, I sprinkled on some Kosher salt.
I ended up with 12 absolutely delicious breadsticks. They were so much better than the breadsticks that you can get at a famous Italian restaurant. Yum!
Chula’s Expert Tips
Making bread is one of my most favorite things to make. Over the years, I’ve learned several things that ensure that every bread recipe that I make turns out perfectly.
- I always weigh most of my ingredients – especially the flour and liquids. You would be amazed at how much variation there is in a cup of flour.
- As a rule of thumb, I consistently equate 1 cup of flour to 5 ounces.
- I always use filtered water when making bread. The reason is that tap water contains chlorine which can retard the growth of yeast. Too much chlorine in the water can actually kill the yeast.
- To produce the perfect environment for the dough to rise, I turn on my electric oven for 1 minute and 45 seconds. The actual temperature setting doesn’t matter. All I want is for the oven to slightly warm up. My oven starts at 100°F when turned on. After 1 minute and 45 seconds, the temperature just starts to rise to 101°F. That’s when I turn the oven off. I’d like to take credit for this, but it’s actually the technique that Julia Child recommended.
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- Food Processor
- 2 1/2 cups (12.5 ounces) bread flour (See Tip 1)
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons instant or bread machine yeast
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup (8 ounce) filtered water, not heated (See Tips 2 and 3)
Finishing the Breadsticks
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Additional Kosher salt for sprinkling, optional
- Place flour, sugar, salt and yeast in bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade. Pulse process 5 or 6 times to mix ingredients.
- Add butter and water to food processor. Process 45 seconds.
- Transfer dough to floured surface. Knead several times to form a smooth ball. Place in oiled container; cover with plastic wrap. Let sit in a warm location until doubled in volume, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. (See Tips 4 and 5)
- Turn dough onto floured surface. Cut into 12 pieces, approximately 1.87 ounces each. Form each piece into an 8-inch rope. Place on parchment lined baking sheet, leaving at least 2-inches between breadsticks. Cover with dish towel or plastic wrap. Let sit until doubled in volume, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake breadsticks in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
Finishing the Breadsticks
- Melt butter with garlic. Let stand 5 minutes. Pour through wire mesh strainer to remove garlic.
- Remove breadsticks from oven. Brush with garlic butter and sprinkle with Kosher salt.
- Yield: 12 breadsticks.
Chula's Expert Tips
- I always weigh my ingredients when making bread. The reason is that there is so much variability in how much is actually in a cup.
- The reason for using filtered water is that tap water contains chlorine. Chlorine can retard the growth of the yeast. Too much chlorine can actually kill the yeast.
- Because of the heat generated by the food processor, start with cold water. If the dough becomes too hot, it can kill the yeast.
- I like to let my dough rise in an 8-cup measuring cup. That way, I can easily see when the dough has doubled in volume.
- To produced the perfect environment for the dough to rise, I turn on my electric oven for 1 minute and 45 seconds. The actual temperature setting doesn't matter. All I want is for the oven to slightly warm up. My oven starts at 100°F when turned on. After 1 minute and 45 seconds, the temperature just starts to rise to 101°F. That's when I turn the oven off.