Little Caesar's Crazy Bread Recipe


Pizza! Pizza!
My father is notoriously cheap thrifty. He admits it, and in many ways I am too. Growing up in Oregon, Ohio, I don't ever remember eating the pricier Domino's, and only on occasion did we go to Pizza Hut. No, those restaurant were for the bourgeoisie of the Greater Toledo Area, and we slummed it with our coupons and Little Caesar's Pizza. Dad would drive half way across town to save a few dollars. Often when we had no coupon, he'd pretend to have forgotten it so the manager would give him the discount anyways. On one Halloween we were so poor, he bargained with the manager to throw in a free pumpkin. Little Caesar's on Starr Avenue was such a part of my childhood that I measured my growth by the first time I could see over the counter without standing on my tippy toes.

However, the pizza was never all that fascinating. It was the Crazy Bread that always made my day. In fact, we'd always get a bag of Crazy Bread, which dad and me would "sneak" pieces of on our way back home. There would always be that moment of self-control when dad would suggest we stop, and save mom some.

It's interesting how simple Crazy Bread is. It's really just butter and a crap-load (that's the official terminology) of powdered Parmesan cheese (there are some regional differences, for instance, in Canada they add a bit of garlic powder). Unlike other clone recipes out there that use store bought dough, I highly recommend taking the extra time to make your own dough. Don't skimp on the butter and cheese, and after nostalgia gets the best of you, you can use the same recipe for their Italian Cheesy Bread by adding some mozzarella and provolone on top.

Ingredients:
Dough:
2 cups bread flour
1 cup water
1 teaspoon of Active Dry yeast (1/2 sachet)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of grated unsalted butter
Garlic and Parmesan Topping:
Parmesan cheese (The powdery shaky kind.)
4 Tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
You also need:
cooking spray

Method:
1. Mix flour, salt and yeast in a bowl. Add grated butter (using cheese shredder) and knead dough for 8-10 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 200°F, then shut off.
3. Place dough in a sprayed glass or metal bowl and cover with tin-foil.
4. Place in oven for 45 minutes to rise.
5. Place on a greased baking sheet and spread. Keep it thick, about 8-10 inches round.
6. Bake at 550° F for approximately 8-10 minutes on the middle rack.
7. Melt in microwave butter, and mix in salt, garlic, and onion powder.
8. Brush bread generously.
9. Sprinkle with low-fat Parmesan cheese

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