Ria's Collection: August 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


How to make breadsticks better than Pizza Hut with flavours fresh from Italy!
Pizza Hut Style Breadsticks
These breadsticks are really to die for! They are so chewy, so addictive, so flavourful, so filled with everything you asked for and so full of carbs! Don't get me wrong when I said it is filled with carbs. I am all for it and on most days I am on a carb heavy diet. I mean, how can I ever say no to rice and bread. They are the staple food in our home. Ian asks for bread everyday and will be happy if I gave him that for all three meals!

Pizza Hut Style Breadsticks
He is all for Pizza, like most kids are. Once a week, I bake him a pizza at home with his choice of toppings,which almost always ends up being Pepperoni! No surprises there! So yesterday, when I made these bread sticks, I told him it's like a deconstructed pizza and that he needed to dip the bread sticks in the delicious Whole Garlic & Sweet Basil Marinara from Mezzetta. He wasn't very excited about that idea at first but once he took a bite of it, he was really hooked onto it. He literally licked the plate clean! Thank you Michelle for this delicious recipe!
Pizza Hut Style Breadsticks
Mezzetta makes really good marinara sauces in multiple flavours. We are big fans of anything with garlic in it,so we picked up the Whole Garlic & Sweet Basil Marinara sauce to dip these wonderful bread sticks in. It's 100 % natural marinara sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes with no added colours or sugar. I am already eyeing their other flavours like Caramelized Onion & Butter Marinara!
Pizza Hut Style Breadsticks Makes 20 pieces

For the breadsticks
1/4 cup non fat dry milk
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups bread flour

For the seasoning:
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons butter, melted

Breadsticks: Place the dry milk powder, sugar, salt and yeast in the bowl of your standmixer attached with a dough hook.Add the warm water and mix well. Let it sit aside for 10 minutes until foamy. Add the oil and mix well. Add the flour 1 cup at a time,kneading on low speed. Once all of the flour is added, increase the speed to a medium high and knead for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, take two 9X13 inch pans and pour 4 tablespoons of melted butter into each of them. Divide the kneaded dough into two equal parts and roll them out into two 9X13 inch rectangles and place them in the tins. Cover and let it proof until doubled in size, approximately 90 minutes.

Seasoning: Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside until needed.

Preheat the oven to 475 F.Once the dough has risen, score each pan of dough into 10 breadsticks. Brush the tops with 1 tablespoon each of melted butter and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the are brown at the edges. Take them out and sprinkle generously with the seasoning. Let it cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then slide it out onto a cutting board. Slice the breadsticks with a pizza cutter or knife and serve them warm with your favourite marinara sauce.

These were really good! The seasoning is spot on and will make you crave for more! Try it sometime and be surprised as to how easy it is to recreate restaurant food at home!

Mezzetta is holding a HUGE giveaway for you! The Grand Prize consists of a trip for a Winner and one (1) Guest to attend culinary experiences (including cooking class and farm tour) in the San Marzano region of Italy and explore other cities of Italy. The Grand Prize trip consists of the round trip coach air transportation between the major commercial airport nearest to winner's residence and Rome, Italy and the culinary experience and tour of Italy.

To enter,click here!

I am also very excited about our upcoming trip to the Valleyfair for the Green Giant Corn Feast!

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