These soft breadsticks are made with fresh milled hard white wheat flour. They are a delicious side and taste amazing topped with butter and Parmesan right out of the oven!Jump to Recipe
Ever have a craving for Olive Garden breadsticks, but want to stay home? These soft breadsticks are a cross between Olive Garden’s and Little Caesar’s breadsticks! Shape them a little longer and thinner for Olive Garden style or a little shorter and thicker for Little Caesar’s style.
Something fun that people love instead of flowers is a bouquet of breadsticks like Olive Garden has offered in the past! You can find these cute printable breadstick bouquet wraps and make your own at home! I’d recommend lining your printed bouquet wrap with foil or parchment paper so the butter doesn’t leak through.
Even with whole wheat fresh milled flour they are soft and light in texture. Using hard white wheat berries for the flour also makes a beautiful white breadstick. Easy to fool anyone who might not try something because it’s “whole wheat”.
What You’ll Need To Make These Soft Breadsticks
Warm Water (not too hot; you don’t want to kill the yeast)
Flour (I used fresh milled hard white wheat flour)
Honey or Sugar (If you use sugar you’ll need to use a little less flour so your dough is not too dry.)
More Butter for Topping along with Parmesan, garlic salt, and/or Italian herb seasoning.
How To Make Your Soft Breadstick Dough
The nice thing about this recipe is it is good for beginners or seasoned bakers. If you are intimidated by making bread don’t let this recipe stop you. You can do it! This is actually a great way to get your feet wet and get experience with yeast breads.
Add all ingredients to your mixer bowl, salt being last and mix for 5-7 minutes until your dough passes the stretch test. See a quick video on how that’s done below. Then let rise until doubled (about an hour). Shape your breadsticks and let rise for another 30 minutes and then they’re ready to go in the oven for 14-16 minutes.
How To Shape
I divide the dough into 16 pieces. I like to take each piece and start like I’m shaping a dinner roll, round and smooth on top and then roll it like a snake on an oiled surface. Just make sure your seams are on the bottom if you want the smooth tops like pictured.
Shop This Post
This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Soft Breadsticks Made With Fresh Milled Flour (Olive Garden Copycat Recipe)
- 1 cup warm water 235g
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons butter softened
- 1 egg
- 3 3/4 cups hard white wheat flour 470g
- 1/4 cup honey or sugar (see notes)
- 1 tsp salt
- 6 tablespoons butter melted
- garlic salt to taste
- parmesan to taste
- italian herbs seasoning to taste
- Add all ingredients (except for topping ingredients) in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix using the dough hook attachment.
- Knead 5-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic and passes a stretch test. Dough will be soft and slightly sticky and may not completely pull away from the bowl, but most of it should.
- Move dough to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap or clean towel until doubled in size. (about an hour) It will take longer if your house is on the colder side.
- Punch down and move to an oiled table or counter. Divide into 16 pieces. Feel free to use a kitchen scale or eyeball it.
- Shape and tuck all of the seams under so you get a smooth breadstick. You can shape longer and thinner for Olive Garden style or a little shorter and thicker to do Little Caesar's style.
- Place breadsticks seam side down on a baking sheet that's been lightly greased or lined with parchment paper. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes while the oven is preheating.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Bake 14-16 minutes until barely golden. Ovens will vary. My tops don't get golden and if I let them bake any longer the bottoms would burn. So if yours aren't getting golden by 14-16 minutes, but they smell done they should be fine!
- While they are baking make your topping mixture. You can either add the Parmesan to the melted butter or just brush on the butter and then sprinkle the Parmesan on.
If you try this recipe and love it, I would love if you gave it 5 stars! Thank you! Tag me on Instagram @freshmilledmama