These breadsticks are relatively quick and simple, and I love to throw them in the oven while I cook some Italian food on the stove! In the US, I would often bake them at the same time as something else, but those who live in Japan know that our tiny oven size here mostly prevents that. This recipe was adapted from here.
3/4 cup (180mL) water
1/2 tbsp instant yeast
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups bread flour
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 tbsp butter or margarine, melted
herbs and spices to top: basil, oregano, garlic powder, pepper, Parmesan cheese, etc.
Mix all ingredients except butter and herbs. Knead dough for a few minutes, then let rest for 10 minutes.
Spread melted butter on a baking sheet. Roll out the dough to a square about the size of your baking pan (or a little smaller than your baking sheet) and cut into strips (I usually get 10 or 12, as you can see from the picture above). Twist them, and lay them down on top of the melted butter. It’s okay if they touch – they’ll pull apart after baking.
Sprinkle your herbs, spices, and cheese on top, then cover with plastic wrap or a clean towel, and let rise for 30 minutes.
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375F / 190C, or until golden brown.