The pizza you get in a good Italian restaurant is like nothing else. The secret to the delicious nature of a restaurant quality pizza is the dough. For a long time I have been searching for a recipe to create dough tasty enough to rival the local pizza place and guess what!? I finally found it! It is not too crispy, not too chewy; in fact the texture is just the right balance between the two. On top of that it is completely delicious.
Just a couple of tips to ensure your dough will turn out just as good. Using warm water to stir the yeast will give you a much better start than cold water as yeast works better in warm water. The recipe states a tablespoon of sugar but some people find better results using a tablespoon of honey instead; try both and see which you prefer. Lastly, make sure you use bread flour as this contains more gluten than other flours and this will make the dough tastier.
Here, the dough is used to create cheesy garlic breadsticks. They are really easy to do as you simply make a pizza covered in garlic and cheese and once cooked cut into small strips to make breadsticks. You can use different cheeses but Parmesan and mozzarella work so well together I tend to stick to the recipe.They are ideal for appetizers, party finger food or side dishes; plus, kids love them! The breadstick recipe will only use up half the dough so you can save the rest for something else or, like me, just make double!
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. It can then be used as and when you need it.
- 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 260C for 10 minutes. When removed from the oven leave to cool for 2 minutes. Then cut into thin strips to resemble breadsticks.