Anybody out there love Pizza Hut breadsticks as much as I do? I CANNOT cannot go anywhere near a Pizza Hut without getting breadsticks, which is a horrible addiction to have because Pizza Hut and Target are pretty much married and I’m at Target every other day-also a bad addiction.
I never thought I would be able to get close to them at home, but these are a worthy imitation. And guess what?! They are the easiest yeasted dough I’ve ever seen or made…your hands-on time is less than 10 minutes. Be generous with the olive oil-you need these to have that golden-brown, crunchy fried bread quality to crust.
The only sad part: the dough makes a mess of the hand mixer and beaters because the dough is so so so sticky (worth it in my opinion, but beware). You could probably use a stand mixer with similar results and less mess, but sometimes I don’t feel like lugging that beast out, ya feel me? The beauty of this recipe is the simplicity and lack of heavy lifting. I’ve posted the metric measurements with the recipe because I’m slowly trying to work you all into weighing your baking ingredients.
Dunk them in some tomato sauce and pretend you’re sitting in the food court at Target or the World’s Largest Truck Stop (my other favorite place to eat them)…or in your car, balancing the sauce on your center console, dipping and driving. I haven’t done this.
Pizza Hut, I’m coming for you.
Yield: 12 breadsticks
1-1/2 cups (340 grams) lukewarm water (100 to 110°)
3 tablespoons (35 grams) olive oil, plus additional for preparing the pan and drizzling
1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
3-1/2 cups (418 grams) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon pizza seasoning
1/2 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely ground
Generously grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with olive oil, ensuring the bottom and sides are coated in oil.
Combine all of the dough ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and beat on high speed for 1 minute with a hand or stand mixer. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan, and with greased hands, spread the dough as close to the edges as you can get it. Score the dough into approximately 1-inch-wide strips, ensuring you don’t cut all the way through the dough. This will help form the breadsticks and make it easier for you to cut them once baked. Cover the pan loosely with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 60 minutes, until the dough has risen and is puffy.
Preheat the oven to 375°. If necessary, re-score the dough once it has risen to form your breadstick shapes again. Combine the Italian and pizza seasonings and sprinkle generously over the dough. Bake until very light golden brown, about 25 minutes. Transfer the bread to a wire rack and allow to cool. Brush a little more oil over the top and, working quickly, sprinkle with the grated Parmesan cheese. When cool enough to handle, using kitchen scissors, cut into breadsticks along the scored lines. Place the breadsticks back in their baking pan, on end, touching if necessary. Return to the oven for 5 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce to pretend you’re at Pizza Hut!
Inspiration: Soft Bread Sticks on kingarthurflour.com