I used to really dislike pizza. I didn’t eat it at all as a child and even as an adult I would be that girl – the girl that orders salad or pasta at a pizza restaurant. I am glad that this pizza aversion is something I eventually grew out of – especially when I started making my own. These days I tend to avoid it because I am trying to watch my weight – there’s just something hugely addictive about eating slice after slice even when you are completely full!
So why am I blogging this when I should be eating salads? Well, I am stuck in a bit of a rut. I feel like I have lost my baking mojo or am out of sorts – I don’t know… I should be energetically cooking and blogging recipes now that my kitchen is finally finished but instead I am cleaning like a maniac and trying to move all kitchen related stuff back into the kitchen –we still have plates stacked up in our bedroom for crying out loud! I decided to make something easy to take my mind off dishes, dusting and mopping and thus these garlicky herby pizza sticks were born.
If you own a bread machine or stand mixer you can make these with minimum fuss but there’s something very satisfying and soothing about kneading dough. It’s an excellent stress reliever – just remember to roll up your sleeves! I served these with some incredible Iberian ham and chorizo sent to me by Jamonprive and my husband practically inhaled them. I have been ordered to make these again!
Garlic and herb pizza sticks
250ml | 1 cup tepid water
2 tbsp virgin olive oil
450g | 1lb strong bread flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dry active yeast (suitable for bread machines)
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
100g | 3.5 oz unsalted butter, melted then cooled
1 tbsp dried oregano
1-2 tbsp garlic granules
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme or herb of your choice
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1. Put the flour, sugar, salt, yeast, onion powder and herbs in a large bowl and mix together.
2. Make a well in the flour and add the water and olive oil. Stir to form a soft dough.
3. Knead on a lightly floured worktop for 10 minutes until soft and smooth. Alternatively knead in a stand mixer using the dough hook for 5-7 minutes.
4. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover loosely with cling film. Leave to rise for 2 hours or until doubled.
5. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F). Put the oregano, chopped herbs, garlic granules, salt and pepper into a plate and mix together.
6. Knock back the dough and divide into 6 or 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a longish stick and brush with melted butter.
6. Roll the sticks into the garlic/herb coating and place, slightly spaced apart, on a tray lined with baking paper.
7. Bake for around 15 minutes or until the pizza sticks are golden. Cool slightly before serving.
Bread machine method
1. Add the water and oil into the bread machine container. Top with the flour and add the sugar, salt, yeast, herbs and spices – make sure the yeast doesn’t touch the water.
2. Select the dough programme and then proceed with step 5 once the dough has proved.
You can use this dough to make pizza or tiny garlicky dough balls or pizza monkey bread. I am now literally making myself hungry!