Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pizza Bread Sticks

This is a great little cooking project to make with kids, especially a bunch of kids. I made up this recipe to cook with my 5 year olds' class. I bake with them every Monday and there is always a couple of children who refuse to eat what we all make together... except on this day. All 25 kids gobbled the pizza bread sticks up and asked for seconds.

I made them again the next night for just the girls and I for dinner. Served with a big, green salad it was a yummy dinner, that they were happy to help with.

1 bread dough mix (or homemade dough recipe), making approx. 2 pound loaf
1 tablespoon tomato paste (puree in the UK)
1 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic granules (not garlic salt)
2 teaspoons dried organo
Olive oil
1 package shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1) When you are mixing the dough, add the tomato paste (puree), garlic powder and oregano into the flour/water. Continue following package (or recipe) directions.

2) Pre-heat the oven to 200C (400F). Pinch off a dough ball about the size of a golf ball and roll into a long stick shape, about 10 inches. Lay on a baking tray slathered with olive oil. Continue with the rest of the dough, placing the sticks close, but not touching on the tray.

3) After you've made as many breadsticks as you like, drizzle just a bit of olive oil over them. Bake for 5 minutes, remove from the oven and scatter the cheese over. Bake a further 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is golden. the breadsticks will be soft, like pizza crust, not crispy.

This dough also makes a lovely base for a calzone or stromboli.

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