Back in the states, I used to bake all the time. I loved trying new recipes and veganizing old ones. Unfortunately here in Malaysia, I have a love/hate relationship with my little ghetto oven. The heating is all out of whack so I thought purchasing an oven thermometer would help. The thermometer worked for about two weeks before it all of sudden just stopped working. However, thanks to the thermometer, I did learn that my oven can heat up 400°F, but only when it wants to. Thankfully my gadget-loving geeky husband brought with us his infrared thermometer so I’ve been able to use that (with his help, of course).
Needless to say, my past attempts at baking with my Malaysian oven has left me a bit scarred and bitter. But when I saw this recipe floating around on Pinterest, I decided to muster up all the courage I could to try and bake again. The recipe did intimidate me a bit because not only had I never made breadsticks before, I hadn’t even made bread before! Thankfully, this recipe is relatively easy and you don’t need a bread-maker. It is quite savory, full of flavor from onions and garlic. It’s wonderful ‘cheesiness’ comes from our favorite: nutritional yeast, which I just talked about here. These breadsticks are great for dipping in your favorite sauces like mariana, BBQ sauce, ranch, or honey mustard.
1 tablespoon instant active yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 small white onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil (plus a little extra)
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine the yeast and sugar in a small bowl, add the warm water and whisk until all of the yeast is dissolved. Let the bowl sit in a warm place (I used a heated oven that had been turned-off) for 10-15 minutes, the mixture will expand greatly and become frothy.
In medium saucepan, sauté the onion and garlic with the olive oil until the onion becomes translucent. Remove the saucepan from heat and let sit and cool for about 5 minutes. After cool, add the yeast mixture to the garlic and onion, along with the rest of the ingredients. Knead dough with a spoon or hands until soft and well mixed. Divide dough into 12 even pieces. With floured hands, roll or mold dough pieces into skinny sticks and place on an oiled baking sheet. Gently brush extra olive oil over the dough and let them sit in a warm place until they have doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake breadsticks for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes 12 yummy breadsticks!