Bread Sticks

1 pkg. YEAST (2 1/4 teaspoons)

4 1/4 cups FLOUR

2 Tablespoons BUTTER, softened

2 Tablespoons SUGAR

2 teaspoons SALT

Place 1/4 cup WARM WATER in a bowl and sprinkle yeast on top.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes until foamy.  

Add the flour, sugar, butter, salt and 1 1/4 cups plus 2 Tablespoons WARM WATER to the yeast mixture.  Stir with a spoon (or use your mixer).  Add some additional flour (if needed) and continue mixing until a nice soft, smooth dough forms.

Place on a floured surface and cut into 16 even pieces.  Roll each piece into a 7 inch long bread stick.  

Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.  Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes*.

Preheat oven to 400°.  Brush tops of bread sticks with mixture of 2 Tablespoons of melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.  Bake until light golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.

*When I start to make the dough, I turn on the oven to 200°, after the oven reaches 200° I TURN IT OFF.  Then I place the cookie sheets in the oven while the bread sticks are rising.