There are days when I have that urge for bread baking though lesser time. So I first go through my bookmarks for the easier ones and bake the bread. One such is the recipe as usual from KingArthurFlour site and I just turned these easy bread sticks into garlicky ones and that also satisfied my daughters hunger for pizza. ;)
Usually we classify dishes as one pot rice or one pot meal, one dish chocolate cake like that. This one can be descibed/categorised as one baking sheet bread .
How ? Read on..
Luke warm water: 1.5 cups
Olive Oil : 3 tbsp for more for drizzling
Salt: 1.25 tsp
Garlic paste: 1.5 - 2 tsp
All Purpose Flour: 3.5 cups
Instant Yeast : 1 tbsp
Pizza dough flavour: 4 tsp (I didn't use this as I don't have it)
Pizza Seasoning: to sprinkle on top
Lightly grease an 18' x 13' baking sheet and also also drizzle 1-2 tbsp f olive oil on this.
Combine all the ingredients in the blender/ food processor and beat at high speed for about 1 minute.
We will get a sticky batter which we can scoop onto the prepared pan and spread it to the edges using oiled fingers.
Using a pizza cutter/ sharp knife, score the dough vertically into 3/4' or 1' wide strips. You will get around 13' long strips.
Now score the dough horizontally or lengthwise so that you are getting 6.5' long strips.
Cover the pan and let it rise until puffy for about 60 minutes.
Once ready drizzle the dough with olive oil ,sprinkle with pizza seasoning or your choice of herbs.
Bake the bread for about 20-25 minutes till light golden brown in a preheated oven at 375F/ 190 C.
Remove from the oven, carefully lift it out of the pan and onto a rack and let it cool for another 2-3 minutes based on how much warm/heat you can handle.
Using scissors/ sharp knife, cut the bread along the scored lines.
Now comes the crucial part of deciding how soft or hard you want your bread sticks to be.
Place the bread sticks with their sides up back onto the baking sheet, close together and bake again for 5 minutes for slightly soft bread sticks or 10 minutes for crunchier ones.
If you want really soft bread sticks, don't go for the second bake. Serve immediately after baking after cutting into sticks.
Simple soft bread sticks perfect for snack time. You can even replace the refine flour with whole wheat flour for healthier sticks.