Chewy Pizza Breadsticks

Chewy Pizza Breadsticks
Chewy and spicy breadsticks

We were invited to a dinner party at a friend's home, I knew that bread could be a problem, and I wanted to make that problem disappear in advance. From what I knew of the menu, I felt that a softish and chewy breadstick with lots of flavor would stand on its own either with the meal or immediately before as a warm-up. The most talked about GF soft breadsticks are served at Joseph Pace's Risotteria, in Greenwich Village, and there was a very nice write-up in the New York Times. You can read about Mr. Pace and the restaurant here and see the original recipe here. I knew that there was a problem with the recipe as printed in the paper because I tried it unsuccessfully. The correction (not printed in the New York Times) was to cut the water in half. Even with the adjustment in water, the remaining proportions still seem a bit off. There would have been a lot of oil and vinegar in the breadstick. But in the end I decided to abandon the recipe due to too much uncertainty.

There was a rational non-GF breadstick recipe for Pizza Hut Style Breadsticks on the internet in RecipeZaar - 4-1/2 stars out of 5 - 46 reviewers. Sounded like a good place to start. But I wanted the pizza sauce flavor on the inside of the breadstick. Therefore, I wanted Italian spices and tomato baked into the recipe. As luck had it, the breadsticks were a big hit at the dinner party. People ate them before and during, without butter, olive oil or balsamic vinegar. But you can prepare the breadsticks and serve them with pizza sauce, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

The photo above shows the breadsticks along side double concentrated tomato paste. You can use either conventional single concentrated, supermarket canned tomato paste or double concentrated. If you use double concentrated paste in the tube, add 2 additional tablespoons of water. If you use single concentrated tomato sauce, just follow the directions as written below.

Chewy Breadsticks
Amount Measure Ingredient
3-1/2 Cups Gluten free flour. I used the flour in the following recipe (click here)
3 teaspoons Xanthan gum
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1 Pack Instant yeast (or 2-1/2 teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
3 Tablespoons Powdered milk (If you don't have this, substitute fluid milk for 100% of the water)
1 teaspoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Garlic powder or granules
1 Tablespoon Onion powder
2 teaspoons Italian style seasoning - purchase or make your own
4 Tablespoons Freshly grated parmesan cheese
1-1/4 Cups Warm water
2 Tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
4 Tablespoons Single concentrated tomato paste (Just buy a can at the supermarket.)
    Cornmeal for sprinkling
    Extra virgin olive oil for baking pans, counter top and hands