Thursday, January 14, 2016

Amazing Pizza Dough / Breadsticks

I just sat down to type this and realized that I never took a picture last night.  We had friends coming over for dinner and I was in a rush and completely forgot. 

I made this recipe for the first time a few years ago, somehow the recipe was lost and I forgot about it.  Well yesterday I remembered how wonderful these were and set out to find the recipe.  It was pretty easy to find and I wish I had thought about it before now...  my waistline is glad I didn't. ;-) 

You will absolutely love this dough.  The breadsticks are out of this world, and the flavor is perfect!  The dough is easy to stretch, I use my hands first for a bit and then roll it out.

For pizza dough
1 cup of warm water
2 ¼ tsps of active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsps salt
2 tbsps olive oil
3 cups of bread flour
For garlic breadsticks
Half the dough created from pizza dough recipe
2 tbsps salted butter, softened
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated
Salt and pepper for seasoning
First for the pizza dough. In a large bowl, stir the yeast and sugar into the warm water. Leave it to stand for approximately 10 minutes or until the mix begins to foam.
Add to the mixture the salt, olive oil and half of the flour and give it a good mix.
Gradually add in the remaining flour and mix it in until you have a dough that is a bit tacky but doesn’t stick to your hands.
Knead the dough for 6 minutes. Your arms may well start hurting but do persist!
When needed, place dough in a greased bowl and cover it.
Leave it to rise for between 1-2 hours.
Next for the breadsticks.
Mix the garlic and butter in a bowl and leave for later.
Spread the dough (half of what you made earlier) into a 12 inch circle on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper.
Spread the butter and garlic on top of the dough and then sprinkle on the parmesan and mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake in an oven pre-heated to 500 F for 10 minutes.
When removed from the oven leave to cool for 2 minutes.
Then cut into thin strips to resemble breadsticks.

Makes 2

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