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Italian Bread Twists Recipe

Italian Bread Twists Recipe

Mary Garman prepares these irresistible breadsticks and their pizza-inspired dipping sauce in her Elliottsburg, Pennsylvania kitchen. "They complement most any meal," she notes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:9 servings


  • 2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 6 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the water, 1-1/2 teaspoons oil and honey to 120-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened.
  • 2. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • 3. Roll into a 9-in. square. Cut into 1-in. strips. Twist each strip and place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 20 minutes. Combine butter and remaining oil; brush over dough.
  • 4. Combine Parmesan cheese, parsley and garlic salt; sprinkle over dough. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack.
  • 5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Serve with warm breadsticks. Yield: 9 breadsticks.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 180 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 346 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.