Friday, February 12, 2010

Pizza Crust or Breadsticks

Making homemade pizza and breadsticks has never been easier.  Throw the ingredients in the mixer and turn it on.  When it's mixed: roll, shape, and add toppings. 

Pizza Crust or Breadsticks
3 c. flour
1 1/4 c. lukewarm water
1 T. yeast (or 1 packet)
1 T. sugar
1 t. salt

Put all the ingredients into your mixer with a dough hook and turn it on.  If you don't have a mixer with dough hook, go ahead and put it in a regular bowl and stir until it's not dry any more.  Roll and shape your dough until it suits your needs.
 *When making pizza, I usually roll it with a rolling pin on a cornmeal covered surface, then transfer to my pizza stone.  I then top the dough immediately with sauce, cheese and toppings and let it rise in a warm place.
*When making breadsticks, I usually roll it to about 1/2 inch thick, cut into sticks, transfer to a pan or stone, then let it rise for at least 1 hour.
 
Bake at 425 for about 10 minutes for breadsticks and 15-20 minutes for pizza (until cheese is melted and a little brown).

To finish the breadsticks, melt a stick of butter in a bread pan.  Sprinkle it with a generous amount of garlic powder and a dash of salt.  Stir to combine.  As soon as the breadsticks come out of the oven, roll them individually in the butter, then line up on a platter.  Once you have 1 layer, sprinkle generously with parmesan cheese.  Repeat until they are all buttery and delicious.

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