Things have gotten a little crazy lately. The things in my life that are wonderful are really wonderful. The things that aren’t so wonderful are really pretty terrible. However, my awesome resolve will get me through and I have the power to change the things I can change. When moving up isn’t an option, moving out might be. I’m crossing my fingers and embracing the changes I hope will come.
I’m also controlling the things I can control. When things feel a little out of control, a fresh-baked carbohydrate never fails to lift my spirits. Everything in moderation, right? A nice lunch of soup and breadsticks never fails to please, and so that’s what lunch consisted of on Sunday, when things felt pretty out of control.
Something about combining ingredients, waiting for the dough to rise, and having delicious warm breadsticks is so comforting. Not to mention the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven on a cold day. After Friday’s pouring rain, and yesterday’s surprise snow shower, it was nice to have a warm, rewarding lunch. These breadsticks start as a simple pizza dough, and with a little effort, become a nice side for a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup. I needed the distraction, so I went ahead and made my own pizza dough from scratch. If you’re pressed for time, yours could start with store-bought pizza dough.
Pizza Dough Bread Sticks
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115 degrees)
1 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
3 to 4 1/2 cups flour
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, sugar, and yeast.
Let stand for 10 minutes, until yeast is bubbly.
Stir in the salt.
Add half a cup of flour and mix well, using the paddle attachment.
Gradually add more flour, in half cup increments, mixing after each addition, until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl and doesn’t stick to your fingers.
Spray a glass or metal mixing bowl with non-stick cooking spray and put the dough in the bowl.
Cover and let rise for 45 minutes, until doubled in size.
Remove dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle.
Cut into 12 1 inch strips.
Place strips on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Cover the baking sheet and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 425 degrees.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove from oven and rub with softened butter (put a plastic baggie on your hand, grab some butter, and rub it on the breadsticks is the easiest way to do this).
Sprinkle with garlic powder and oregano.
Makes 12 breadsticks.
Source: Adapted from Our Best Bites