Garlic-Cheese Twists

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3 cups all-purpose flour- divided use
2 ½ tsp active dry yeast
1 TBSP granulated sugar
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ¼ cups warm water
1 TBSP canola oil
1 cup freshly shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
olive oil for brushing

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Butter (or spray) a baking sheet; set aside.

Combine half of the flour with yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl; add warm water and oil; beat on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth, 3 to 4 minutes.

Stir in garlic and as much of the remaining flour as needed to make a stiff dough.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead 4 or 5 times or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough into fourths; shape each portion into a ball then divide each ball into 10 portions.

Shape each portion into an 6-inch stick. Brush 1 stick with water and twist it with another stick, pressing at the top and the bottom. Arrange the twists on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining sticks.

Place twists 2-inches apart on baking sheet. Brush the twists with olive oil and sprinkle cheese on top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 50 minutes.

Bake until lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.

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