Each of us has a version of comfort food; food that makes us feel joy and contentment. For my younger daughter, despite all the variety I cook, there is something innately happyfying to her about eating breadsticks from Pizza Hut. We don’t have a Pizza Hut close by, but if we ever happen to hit the local Target, grabbing breadsticks from the in-house Pizza Hut is a must. The joy on her face as she lovingly dunks each stick into the marinara sauce and slowly brings it to her mouth is simply priceless.
Aiming to continue to soar on the “loving mom” front, I scoured for recipes and finally narrowed down my selection to two. There was much anticipation as I embarked on my first attempt to create a copy. In went the ingredients into the Kitchen Aid and out came the dough. The topping with parmesan, garlic, onion and salt smelled just like the original. But alas – the dough did not rise and the resulting product turned out to be crispy rather than the softer, oil rich original.
I was disappointed, but did not give up. The following week I was back at work, with the second recipe. This time around, the dough came up beautifully, the topping was fragrant just like the original and the breadsticks came out beautiful (take a look and let me know what you think). The taste was very good with one caveat! It came out less greasy than the original.
I’m going to tweak the recipe a few times till I can get to the perfect copy. But till then, I’m happy that I have a way to provide my daughter a dish she loves “on-demand”.
If you’ve ever created a copy of a restaurant dish you love, or even these breadsticks, we’d love to hear from you.