Start off by combining all the bread ingredients into your stand mixer fixed with the hook attachment.
So you’ll add in 4 3/4 cup bread flour (spooned and leveled off),1 teaspoon dry active yeast, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar, 6 tablespoons unsalted melted butter, 3/4 cup warm water (105 degrees F) and 1 cup warm milk (105 degrees F).
Turn the mixer on low speed and begin mixing the dough. Then bring the speed to high and mix until the dough is smooth and elastics. This can take quite a few minutes and some patience.
Let it rise in a warm place (oven on the proof setting)
Once the dough comes together, transfer it to a large grease bowl. I usually grease mine with a drizzle of olive oil. Then cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
Now roll out the dough to 18 x 13 inches. Then transfer the rolled out dough to a baking sheet 18x13 inches in diameter. Now make slits in the dough using a pizza wheel. I cut once down the middle lengthwise, then across 10 times. So you end up with a total of 20 breadsticks.
Now cover the dough and let it rise again for about 30 minutes to an hour.
Bake the bread and add the herbed butter and parmesan
Once the dough is ready, preheat your oven to 470 degrees Fahrenheit. Then brush the dough with 2 tablespoons of unsalted melted butter. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Once the breadsticks are baked, brush the herbed butter on top and evenly sprinkle 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese. Then fully slice up the breadsticks. Serve warm with marinara sauce.
How to Freeze Them
Freeze the dough- Place the dough on a baking sheet in the freezer until frozen, then transfer the dough to a ziplock bag. You can defrost it in the refrigerator overnight and let it rise for 30 minutes before making the breadsticks.
Freeze the breadsticks- Place the cooled breadsticks (without herbed butter and Parmesan) in an airtight container or ziplock freezer bag. Defrost in the fridge overnight and then warm them in the oven before topping with herbed butter and grated Parmesan.