Crazy bread, it is one of my weaknesses. I am fortunate to have a Little Caesars close to my home, but I am trying to cut back on my eating out, it’s pricey. The other night I had a craving for crazy bread and I figured, why not make it home, a much more frugal option!
I searched online to find a recipe to try and found one on instructables that looked simple enough. This is the original recipe (please read all “Notes” before attempting the recipe as written.
Copycat Little Caesars Crazy Bread Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp light brown sugar
2 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 Tbsp olive oil
Parmesan or pecorino cheese
1. Gently stir the yeast into the warm water and let sit for about 5 minutes. Then add the oil to the mixture.
2. In a mixing bowl, mix together flour and sugar.
3. Slowly add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and mix until a ball forms. Mix for an additional 5 minutes.
4. Lightly oil a bowl, place dough ball in and cover with a damp cloth. Let it rise for 1 to 3 hours.
5. Knead the dough by hand for 5 minutes. Roll out dough, shape and cut as desired, I liked the strips.
Place on parchment lined baking tray. Cover again and let rise for 30 min.
6. Preheat your oven to 425F.
7. Bake until light golden brown, about 10 min.
8. Mix garlic, butter and olive oil in a microwave safe dish. Microwave in bursts of 10 seconds until butter is melted and everything is well combined.
9. Brush bread with butter mixture and sprinkle generously with cheese.
- If you find that your bread tastes yeasty, try proofing it first. It will also give you a better rise. To proof my yeast, I added the yeast to the warm water and then added 1 tsp of white sugar. Yes that means there is an addition tsp of sugar in the dough but I did not find the dough sweet at all. Wait about 10 minutes or until it has doubled in volume.
- I had to add 2 Tbsp of water to my dough mixture for it to form a smooth ball. Add water or flour 1 Tbsp at a time to get a smooth ball.
- I kneaded the dough on parchment paper. My dough was not sticky so no additional flour was needed during this process.
- Next time I make this, I will form 2 balls after kneading and create 2 baking pans of bread. This would allow me to roll the dough out thinner, to resemble Little Caesars crazy bread more in shape and dough consistency.
- Next time, I will also use garlic powder instead of crushed garlic to eliminate the overpowering garlic flavour of the butter mixture. I will also need to at least double the amount of butter mixture to be able to coat 2 pans of crazy bread.
- Be generous when brushing the bread with the butter mixture but not too generous that the mixture starts to run off the bread. Then generously sprinkle the cheese (I prefer Parmesan). If you like your cheese coated in the butter mixture, like I do, you can always tap your brush full of butter mixture over the cheese so it can soak in more butter.
So there you go. That is the Copycat Little Caesars Crazy Bread recipe along with my thoughts and alterations. I will update the next time I make them with the changes to let you know the exact quantities and if it turned out closer to Little Caesars recipe. I was still pretty happy with this one, can’t wait to try the next one!