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Wonder Dough

It’s a wonder I didn’t think of this before. (ha) The recipe that was called “pretzels” has turned out to be much-much more than that. I turned it into sticky buns and pizza and biscuits and, let me think… oh yeah.. breadsticks.

We dipped the breadsticks in marinara sauce and declared them delicious. We were a captive audience, since we were stuck at home in the snow and couldn’t go anywhere anyway. So I think we would have probably eaten the couch if we had to,…. but I think this recipe can do even more than breadsticks and sticky buns. I will keep you posted.

Wonder dough

  • 1 packet of RED STAR yeast (it’s gluten free)
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 C Brown rice flour
  • 1/2 C potato starch — or 1/4 C golden flax meal and 1/4 C tapioca starch
  • 1 T coconut milk powder — or sweet rice flour –or extra brown rice flour
  • 1/2  tsp salt
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar

Mix the yeast, sugar and water. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Add a little bit of extra starch to be able to handle the dough easily. (It’s pretty sticky) 


-Breadsticks/Pretzels- shape them either forming them by hand, (rolling them like playdough snakes), or by squeezing them out of a pastry bag. I used a ziplock bag with the corner cut off. A piece of parchment paper rolled into a cone would have worked even better. The ones we did by hand were more “rustic”, so we smoothed out the dough slightly with water dipped fingers. The ones we shaped with the ziplock bag looked just like the one from the store.

-You can brush them with rice milk and sprinkle on coarse salt for “pretzels”

– Add seasonings to the dough before shaping it into breadsticks: onion powder, garlic powder, oregano leaves, basil…. or ?

-Sticky buns- I added a teaspoon of vanilla and a Tablespoon of sugar to the dough when mixing it up. Pat the dough into a rectangle shape on a cutting board. Spread a small amount of olive oil or palm shortening on top and sprinkle brown sugar all over it. Cinnamon or spices optional. Add golden raisins. Roll up the rectangle and slice it into buns. Bake in a greased pan.

– Jam rolls – spread jam on the rectangle of dough and roll and slice like cinnamon rolls.

– pizza crust – shape the crust. Let it rise for ten minutes. Bake it for 8-10 minutes. Top with whatever you like and bake again until the toppings are hot- probably another 10 minutes at least.


Preheat the oven to 400. Let the shaped dough rise ten minutes on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake 10-15 minutes or until the outside of the dough is beginning to show a little golden brown color. The breadsticks will be sort of crusty/crunchy on the outside and bread soft in the middle. I baked the sticky buns for 20 minutes.

Here we see the sticky buns rising for ten minutes in a “before” picture. 2008december-0512008decemberninja-003Here they are all golden brown and bubbling with syrupy brown sugar and really delicious. The raisins were a great addition. Frosting would be good too. Your mileage may vary.

Next time I will try this with cooked apples. Maybe make apple tarts. mmmmm… or pizza tarts.. mmmmm

Or!!! wait!!, what about wrapping hotdogs or little smokie sausages with the dough.. .. and then baking them….oh, snap. My appetizer dilema is solved.