I’ve mentioned before that I’m part of a babysitting co-op. One of the nice things about this group of ladies (as well as with some of the other groups I’m involved with) is that when someone has a major life event, people step in to help out. One of our members just had another baby, so we’re bringing her meals for a few weeks. Last night, I signed up to bring sides and a dessert.
With very ripe bananas in the house, choosing banana bread for the dessert was a no brainer. The harder idea was something fun and creative to go with the spaghetti another friend was making. Finally, I had a brilliant idea. And no, it didn’t have anything to do with the pizza dough I had sitting in my fridge from the pizza I’d had to make Little Miss on Friday. Ok, so maybe it did.
Now? I’m regretting only making six for her. I could really use one of these now – especially after looking at the photos again!
One recipe pizza dough
2 oz mozzarella cheese
Make the pizza dough as you normally would – or use the stuff you bought at the store – and let it go through its first rise as needed.
Grab a chunk of dough, about the size of a meatball or small ice cream scoop. Use a little extra flour to keep it from sticking to your fingers and flatten the dough into a rectangle about six by two inches.
Scoop up a bit of the mozzarella and place it in a line through the middle of the dough. Pinch the edges of the dough together. I use my pointer finger to press down the dough in the middle then lift it quickly and use my middle finger and thumb to press them together. Carefully roll the breadstick on the counter to ensure the dough seam will stay sealed.
Place a little extra cheese on the tops of the breadsticks, and place them on your cooking surface – either silpat on a cookie sheet or on a pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal. Start preheating your oven to 450 degrees, and let the dough rise while your oven preheats. Bake the breadsticks for ten minutes, shoving them from the pizza peel onto your pizza stone or simply placing your cookie sheet in the oven.
When the are done, remove them and serve them immediately. These do not stay fresh for the next day well, so try to eat them immediately – as if that would be difficult!