Homemade Snack Sticks

Recipe: Homemade Pizza Sticks

When you’re trying to feed a busy family of four, there comes a point where you’ll need more than a handful of carrot sticks or some fruit to satisfy the hunger of your growing children and husband. We’ve recently been trying to overhaul our expenditure on food and are trying to minimize our reliance on pre-made, packaged food which is bad for the environment, highly processed and often contains obscene amounts of sugar and salt. It makes sense; the food that we are sold in big supermarkets has got to survive long-haul travel, freezer storage, shelf stacking and then the journey home from shop to cupboard – is it any wonder it’s packed full of chemicals to keep it looking and tasting good! It can be difficult to refrain from relying on shop-bought goodies, especially when you’re a busy working Mum so here’s a simple recipe for a tasty snack that’s high in carbs and low in carbon footprint. Psst, its also really really easy!

Homemade Pizza Sticks  

Ingredients:

 

1 cup self raising flour (or 1 cup plain white flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
a pinch of sea salt
3 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup warm water
2 tbsp tomato puree or passata
1 garlic clove, crushed
A handful of grated cheese

Method

  1. Preheat your your oven to 180°C/Gas 4.
  2. Cover a large baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
  3. Mix together the crushed garlc and tomato puree in a small bowl and let it sit.
  4. Meanwhile, tip flour, baking powder, salt and olive oil into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add the water and fold everything in until it starts to come together.
  6. Gently knead till it forms a smooth ball. Dust in a little more flour, if needed.
  7. Roll out to a basic rectangular shape, it should be fairly thin, around 1/2 cm.
  8. Spread the tomato sauce thinly over the dough and sprinkle over the grated cheese.
  9. Using a sharp knife, cut around 12 strips into the rectangle with each strip around 2cm wide.
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  10. Carefully lift each strip and as you lay it down onto the baking tray, gently turn it at each end to form the twist.IMG_0529
  11. Cook for around 10-12 minutes until crisp and lightly golden.  Allow to cool completely before storing in a tin or mason jar,IMG_0530

The pizza sticks should keep for around 3 days and work great in packed lunches or for feeding hungry children efficiently after school! Please comment below with your tips, questions or suggestions regarding this recipe.IMG_0537

Jaime xx

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