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Old World Bread Sticks

Let’s Break Bread Together!

After heart attacks and open heart surgery, I’ve tried to do “better” with my diet. And while this is not a good example, especially for my first foodie post, it’s a healthy “er” version of one of my favorite foods in the world. The only difference is it’s not loaded with grease! No flavor has been sacrificed.

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope rapid rise yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 cup very warm water (120-130 degrees F)
  • 2 ½ Cups all purpose flour (more as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1-2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (more or less to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (olive or coconut if preferred)
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Chopped Pepperoni or miniature pepperoni
  • Pizza Sauce (homemade or store bought)

In a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup add yeast and sugar to hot water and allow to prove at least 10 minutes, till bubbly. (If no bubbles, throw it out, your yeast is bad)

To a large bowl (I have a KitchenAid ® mixer and dough hook) add flour, salt, Italian seasoning, and blend dry mixture well.

Add oil and mix through. Pour in yeast mixture and kneed with dough hook 5 minutes. Remove from the bowl and kneed by hand until dough is elastic. When a small piece can be stretched thin enough for light to show through without tearing the dough is ready.

Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes in a warm area.

Roll or spread dough onto a lightly greased pizza pan. Top with desired amount of mozzarella cheese and bits of pepperoni, then sprinkle Parmesan cheese across the top to taste.

Allow dough to prove on the stove top another 10-15 minutes.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until crust is lightly brown on top and bottom.

While dough is baking melt butter and stir garlic powder into it.

Once your bread is out of the oven lightly brush the melted garlic butter over the edges of the crust and across the cheese very lightly.

Yes I say lightly a lot because it makes me feel healther ???? But in all honesty i think homemade is healthier and moderation is key!

Heat pizza sauce, pour into dipping bowls and enjoy! Let me know how it goes!!!

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Shari Johnson. (aka The Jesus Chick) has been encouraging women of faith and youth for a closer walk with Christ for over ten years. Having a burden for the leadership in American Churches, much of her writing is meant to spear on the servant of God to do more for the cause of Christ in these uncertain times. With humor, transparency and solid bible teaching Shari outlines messages that are easily understood, life applicable, and often with easily remembered points to ponder in hopes that they’ll be reflected on throughout the day and serve as encouragement on the go. Her servant’s heart is grounded in her own local church believing that it is there that the greatest impact can be made and unfortunately suffers the greatest neglect across America. Shari speaks at women’s gatherings in hopes of leaving a giggle in their soul and a burning desire to serve in their own local body of believers having it said of her “I laughed, I cried, and I was drawn to the foot of the cross…” Which is what it’s all about. For information on scheduling Shari, call her direct at (304)377-6036, message her via email at talk2shari@gmail.com or find her on Facebook!

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