My A Year of Yeast series has been running for more than half a year now. That’s kind of hard to believe. Needless to say, yeast and I have become good buddies at this point. Although the fear has pretty much subsided, I still have no idea how to tell if some of the breads are baked the whole way through. I just follow the recipe and thankfully, they haven’t let me down yet.
Of all of the recipes I’ve tried thus far, today’s is probably my favorite (with the Cinnamon Bun Bites being a close second). I made Pizza Bread! I actually discovered this recipe a few years ago. When it recently popped up on Pinterest again, I took it as I sign that I needed to make the bread.
Now, I know everyone has their own version of Pizza Bread. My dad’s wife has a recipe that is fantastic! This one is a little different as all the ingredients are incorporated into the dough. The resulting bread is really, really sensational. There is flavor everywhere. A layer of cheese inside and a side of marinara sauce bring it all together.
What I love about this recipe is that you can change the “toppings” to suit you or the folks you’re fixing it for. When I was putting this all together I was thinking of so many fun combinations. I’m hoping to try a few and I’ll report back when I do. The actual bread part is pretty basic so the options are truly endless.
This time round, I decided to use pepperoni, sun-dried tomatoes, green onions, black olives, red pepper, green pepper, roasted garlic, and Parmesean. It’s like a supreme pizza.
The original recipe comes from The Ivory Hut. She calls her loaf Crazy Pizza Bread. I actually ended up changing her recipe quite a bit because I felt there wasn’t enough dough. I was afraid I was going to get a pretty small loaf. I was glad I opted for a larger size because this stuff is sensational. Either way, a big thanks to The Ivory Hut.
Okay, enough chatter. Let’s make some bread!
makes one loaf
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 teaspoons yeast
1 ½ cups warm water
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
2 ½ cups favorite toppings, diced (I used pepperoni, sun-dried tomatoes, green onions, black olives, red pepper, green pepper, and roasted garlic.)
½ cup Parmesan
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 jar of marinara sauce for dipping
Let’s get baking:
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a large bowl. Let it sit for 3 minutes. Add in flour, salt, and sugar. Mix using a spoon just until it comes together. (There's no need for a big stand mixer here.)
Add in the toppings and Parmesan and combine well. The dough will be tacky. Dust with a bit more flour if it feels too tacky. Let rise for about 1 hour, then put in the refrigerator to continue rising for another hour.
Take the dough out of the refrigerator. Flour your countertop, then roll out the dough into a rectangle about 11×17”. Sprinkle mozzarella over top. Then, fold along the long side, like an envelope. Seal sides so cheese is not exposed. Let your loaf rest while you preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Bake the bread, either on a pizza stone or baking sheet, for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown. About halfway through I added a piece of aluminum foil to the top of my loaf to prevent it from getting too dark. About 3 minutes before taking it out, lightly brush the top with olive oil and let it finish baking. Let rest on a wire rack to cool slightly before slicing.
Seriously, other than chopping all of the ingredients, this bread is easy peasy. I highly recommend it even to you newbie bread makers. It’s a perfect loaf to test your skills. Plus, your friends and family (It’s OK if it’s just for you. – I don’t judge.) will love it.
Happy baking, everyone! Does your family have a go-to pizza bread? Tell me all about it or share a link to the recipe in the comments.