Homemade Breadsticks (Pizza Breadsticks)

Who doesn’t love Homemade Bread Sticks (pizza breadsticks), especially when they are homemade with a touch of crushed pepper flakes? I had this crazy idea to try making them at home a while ago and it was one of the best decisions of my life. I have no idea why it took me so many years to figure out that you can easily make delicious breadsticks at home. Anyways here is my dairy free homemade breadsticks recipe that contains a healthy amount of garlic and olive oil. I like to add the crushed pepper flakes for a bit of spice.

Homemade Bread Sticks, Dairy Free

These bread sticks are a perfect blend of olive oil, garlic and crushed pepper flakes. Use an appetizer or a fun weekend snack.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, bread, dinner, Snack, supper
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 Large Pizza Pans

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer
  • Oven
  • Pizza Pans

Ingredients

Pizza Dough

  • 1 ½ cup warm water 105-110 degrees F lukewarm to touch
  • 1 ½ TBSP sugar
  • 1 ½ TBSP active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ TBSP olive oil
  • 3 ½ - 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

Garlic Topping

  • 4-5 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ tsp parsley
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 TBSP Olive oil
  • Crushed red pepper flakes optional

Instructions

Garlic Topping

  • Mince your garlic. Place your olive oil in a small bowl or jar and add the garlic, parsley and salt. Stir to combine. Set aside and prepare the dough.

Pizza Dough

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Pull out two pizza pans or 2 large cookie sheets and set aside. I use my pizza stones.
  • Pour the warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the sugar and yeast to the water and stir to combine. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes or until it becomes frothy and small bubbles form. Add the tbsp of olive oil to the yeast mixture and gently stir it in.
  • Add 2 cups of flour and salt to the yeast mixture. Using the dough hook to blend ingredients, turn the mixer on low speed until the dough starts to hold together. Scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl. Add about 1 more cup more flour as needed and turn the mixer on medium speed and mix until smooth (dough will still be sticky). Add up to an additional ½ cup of flour to make dough less sticky. It should be forming a kind of ball on the dough hook.
  • Remove the bowl from the stand and add about a ¼ cup and knead it until it is a nice smooth ball of dough. Transfer to a floured surface and knead into a smooth dough, adding up to ¼ cup extra flour if it’s too soft. At this point I separate it into two balls of dough.
  • Roll each dough ball into nicely flattened circles. Pat into desired shape by using the palm of your hand or roll it out with a rolling pin. I use a piece of parchment paper with a bit of flour or cornmeal on it to roll it out. That way I can place the pan over top and flip it over onto the pizza pan.

Adding the Topping

  • Stir the olive oil and garlic mixture and then spread onto the prepared pizza dough. I spread it starting with a spoon and then use my silicone brush if I feel like it needs it.
  • If desired sprinkle a light amount of crushed pepper flakes onto your bread sticks before baking.

Baking

  • Bake at 425 F for 13-15 minutes. It will look a nice brown colour on top when it is done. Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes. Transfer to a wooden cutting board and cut into rectangular strips.
  • Serve with dipping sauce of choice. We like ranch or my homemade tomato dipping sauce.

Notes

Poke small holes using a fork or a knife. This will prevent the dough from bubbling up. If it does bubble while baking it won’t hurt your bread sticks at all.

garlic, Allium Sativum

Garlic is one of my favorite foods to cook with. I’m going to take a guess and say it’s probably one of yours as well. There are many healthy dishes that are prepared with garlic. It has many amazing qualities.

I learned that garlic is a plant in the allium family which is also the family of the onion! I suppose they are similar types of plants so that makes sense that they would be family. They both grow as a bulb in the ground and have edible green shoots. 

Raw Garlic

Antibiotics in Garlic

Garlic is used to aid in the prevention of some some types of cancer (Newman and Medical News Today)
Garlic is potentially a powerful antibiotic. According to a study conducted, they concluded garlic contains high levels of natural antibiotics. Which is why my mother always reccomended I eat it raw when I had a cold or started to feel sick. Garlic has been used medicainally for thousands of years. I read on a site that dispells or confirms old wives tales, that in traditional chinese medicine, way back in 2,000 B.C., that garic was already being used medicinally.

Cooked vs Raw

If you have never eaten raw garlic when because you caught a cold, you have never truly lived. I tell you, it’s so invigorating to munch down a whole clove of raw garlic. My mom and dad always said to eat it raw when I was sick. So I did. Did you know that there have been studies done on garlic that conclude raw has more of certain health properties than it does cooked? In a study I read, fresh raw garlic extract was proven to contain more allicin than heated (Food and Chemical Toxicology). Which is where the anti-inflammatory properties stem from in garlic.

Crushed Garlic

Cooking With Garlic

Since garlic has so many proven health benefits and tastes amazing, I love using it in my cooking. I put in my my chili and make pretty much anything I can come up with! Which is why homemade breadsticks are so good. It’s the fresh garlic used in the homemade breadsticks recipe that makes it so good. It’s a great appetizer or side. Another appetizer/side you coud try is my Easy Baked Sweet Potato Rounds I hope you enjoy the breadsticks and find many new ways to include it in your cooking. 

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