These are easy and go well with Italian dinners or soups and salads. You can make them ahead, wrap in foil and reheat in the oven. I think they would freeze and reheat but I’ve never had a batch last long enough.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup shortening
- ¾ cup cold milk
- ¼ cup butter or margarine
- 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons of finely ground Italian seasoning
Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Melt the butter or margarine in a 13x8x2 pan while the oven heats.
Measure the flour, baking powder, salt and 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning into a mixing bowl. Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or two knifes. Add the milk and stir until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and toss a few times. Pat or roll the dough out into a rectangle about ½ an inch thick. Cut the dough into strips about 1 inch wide. Place each one in the melted butter, turn to coat and place the strips close together in the pan. Mix the garlic powder and herbs together. Sprinkle the mixture over the butter coated sticks. Bake for 20 minutes or until the bread sticks are lightly browned.
You can add a teaspoon of cinnamon plus a few tablespoons of sugar to the dough instead of the garlic powder and herbs. Sprinkle the bread sticks with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.