pepperoni garlic butter pizza bread

by Cait on August 8, 2012

Can I ask you guys something?

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Why does pizza taste better when it’s rolled up?

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I’ve always been a pizza folder.  My whole life.  In fact, I’ve even gotten so creative as to start piling salad into the middle of my pizza fold and eating it all together.

It’s like a one-stop meal all in one bite – veggies, protein, carbs.  How on earth can that be a bad idea?

Whatever, you can make gross faces at me – it’s delicious.

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You know what else is delicious?

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Rolled up bread dough disguised as pizza.

I mean, what is it?

Pizza?

Bread?

A calzone?

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Can it be a meal in and of itself or is it just a side dish?

A snack?

An appetizer?

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I have to be honest with you guys.

I don’t really know what it is.  All I really know is that it’s delicious.  And you should eat it.  In whatever way, during whatever time you please.

Pepperoni Garlic Butter Pizza Bread

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

  • 2/3 cups water, 80°–90°
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 6 tablespoons whole wheat bread flour
  • 1 1⁄4 teaspoons active dry yeast
For the Pizza Bread:
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella (more or less if desired)
  • 1-2 handfuls of turkey pepperoni (more or less or none! if desired)
  • 4 tbsp. Earth Balance
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano

Directions:

For the Dough*

  1. In a large bowl, combine water, honey, yeast and olive oil.  Mix together and set aside, letting sit until slightly foamy (about 8-10 minutes).
  2. Add in flours, salt, mixing until the dough comes together but is still slightly sticky to the touch.
  3. Form the dough into a ball with your hands adding additional flour if dough is too sticky.
  4. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes then place into a large bowl rubbed with oil rolling it around to cover the entire ball with the oil.
  5. Cover with a clean dish towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until dough is nearly doubled in size.
*If you prefer, you can also use 1 pound of fresh pizza dough bought at the grocery store or your local pizzeria.

For the Pizza Bread:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and punch down with your fist.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle (dough should be about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick).
  • Meanwhile, melt the Earth balance and combine with minted garlic clove.
  • Spread sauce, cheese and pepperoni onto rolled dough and then gentle roll the doll in on itself forming a roll up.
  • Brush the outside of the dough with the garlic butter, sprinkle with dried oregano and place in the oven.
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes or until top is browned, and cheese is bubbling.
  • Serve with a side of warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

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