Mix together warm water, yeast and tablespoon of sugar in bowl and let sit for about 10 minutes or until it blooms. Combine 3 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and melted butter together with the yeast mixture in a stand mixer with a dough hook. Mix for about 5 minutes or until the dough comes together and pulls off the hook, adding more flour if necessary. Place dough in a large lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour. Heat oven to 400 degrees. When dough is ready, boil 4 cups of water with 1/2 cup baking soda. Break dough into 1- 1 1/2 oz portions and roll into small breadsticks. Dip each breadstick in the boiling water using a slotted spoon or spatula for no more than 30 seconds. Place drained breadstick on sheet pans lined with parchment paper or silicone liners. .Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden. Brush with melted butter as they come out of the oven. .Try one while they’re still warm because that’s how they’re best!
Notes: These are very easily adapted to make rolls or buns. We’ve made smaller rolls, like slider buns, using the same amount of dough and rolling them into balls and dipping and baking in the same manner.