This breadstick recipe works great for pizza crust - or a rolled out type bread topped with cheese and cut into sticks. Try it out!
From Diana K.
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 Tbsp instant yeast (I use SAF brand instant yeast)
1/2 tsp salt
3 - 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Butter/Olive Oil/Garlic Salt/Parmesan or Asiago Cheese/Parsley
In mixing bowl add warm water, sugar and instant yeast. Let sit for 3 minutes or so until sugar and yeast are softened. Since it's instant yeast there is really no need to let it proof like regular yeast (if all you have is regular yeast - let it sit for 10 minutes or so until it's slightly bubbly).
Add salt and flour and knead in mixer for 3 minutes or by hand for 8-10 minutes. You want the dough to pull away from the sides of the bowl or counter (just don't over flour the dough or they turn out a little dry and chewy. You'll know the dough is floured well when it pulls from the sides and still has a slight tacky touch to it.
Place dough on lightly floured counter top or bread board and cover with a clean towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.
To make breadsticks:
Roll dough out into a rectangle shape the size of a large cookie sheet. Cut into 24 sticks with a pizza cuter. Melt 3-4 Tbsp butter and pour and evenly spread on cookie sheet. Dip each breadstick on both sides in the butter and twist. Sprinkle with garlic salt, Parmesan/asiago cheese, and parsley. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
To make mini-size or regular-size pizza crust:
For mini: divide dough evenly into 6 sections and roll out into round pizza crust. For regular size crust: divide dough into 2 sections and roll into square or circle - place on silicone baking mat (this is one kitchen gadget you are sure to love) and bake on cookie sheet, or on a pizza pan/stone. Drizzle with olive oil and spread evenly coating the crust and then sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. Add pizza toppings of choice and bake extra 10 minutes.
Mini-PizzaTo make Cheesy Bread:
Make the same as the pizza crust except after you do the first baking put a layer of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning or basil and garlic salt. Bake 5-8 more minutes until cheese is melted and bread is browned.