Homemade Pizza Bread Recipe


This Homemade Pizza Bread recipe has quickly become a go-to appetizer recipe for me. Its versatility and great pizza flavor make it a party favorite.

pizza bread a year of yeast pinterest image

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.

Today we are making this crazy delicious pizza bread recipe!

homemade pizza bread appetizer with meats and vegetables inside

Tasty Pizza Bread

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 homemade pizza bread!

I actually discovered this recipe a few years ago. When it recently popped up on Pinterest again, I took it as a sign that I needed to make the bread.

ball of uncooked pizza bread
person rolling out pizza dough with a wooden rolling pin

How to Make Homemade Pizza Bread

Now, I know everyone has their favorite pizza bread recipe. My dad’s wife has a recipe that is fantastic! This one is a little different as all the ingredients are actually incorporated into the dough.

The resulting bread is really, really sensational. There is flavor in every single nibble in this delicious recipe. A layer of cheese inside and a side of marinara sauce bring it all together.

cheese being sprinkled onto rolled out dough

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 for different Bayberry House gatherings, and I’ll report back when I do.

The actual bread part is pretty basic – so the options are truly endless!

chopped up meats and veggies on a butcher block

Fresh Ingredients for the Dough

The best part about this easy bread is that you can add all of your favorite pizza toppings right into the bread dough. You literally knead them in with the flour and eggs.

Here are the ingredients I used:

  • pepperoni
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • green onions
  • black olives
  • red pepper
  • green pepper
  • roasted garlic
  • parmesan cheese

It’s like a supreme pizza. Yum!

chopped peppers and onions mixed into dough

How to Serve Pizza Bread

You can literally slice it and enjoy a few pieces of pizza bread with your lunch. I like to eat it with something like this shaved Brussels sprouts salad (hey, gotta be healthy).

This bread is also the perfect thing to serve at a huge family dinner. Make your favorite pasta recipe (may I suggest this fantastic one-pan chicken apple sausage pasta?). Then, give everyone some pizza bread on the side.

bread dough filled with pizza toppings

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.

Well, I was glad I opted for a larger size because this stuff is sensational.

homemade pizza inspired appetizer on a rack

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions people often ask about homemade pizza bread. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.

What kind of dip can I serve with this bread?

Since this is a pizza bread, I suggest serving it with your favorite marinara sauce. I bet some extra cheesy alfredo sauce would be divine with it too.

How long does pizza bread last?

If you store it in an airtight bag or container, it will stay fresh for about 3-5 days. I suggest keeping it in the refrigerator so that it lasts longer.

Can you freeze pizza bread?

Yes, pizza bread is very freezer-friendly. Wrap the entire loaf nice and tight with plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer-safe food storage bag or container. The pizza bread will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 6 months.

How do you make it spicier?

If you want the pizza bread to have a bit of a kick, I suggest adding some chopped jalapenos to the dough. You can also sprinkle some hot sauce or add some red pepper flakes to the dough. Make it as spicy as you like. That’s the fun part about baking!

close up of pizza bread with a cup of marinara sauce

Looking for more appetizer recipes? These are some of my favorites:

man holding a cooling rack with a loaf of bread on top

Seriously, other than chopping all of the ingredients, this Homemade Pizza 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.

bread with pizza toppings mixed in

Happy baking, everyone! Does your family have a go-to homemade pizza bread? Tell me all about it or share a link to the recipe in the comments.

Pizza Bread Recipe:

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: appetizer, dough, pizza, pizza bread
Servings: 1 loaf
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
This Homemade Pizza Bread recipe has quickly become a go-to appetizer recipe for me. It’s versatility and great pizza flavor makes it a party favorite!


  • 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


  • 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.

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  • Ann Melton at

    could this be made with frozen bread dough?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at


      xo Michael

  • Debora at

    Never heard of pizza bread before, but being Italian I’m sure I’ll love it!
    It seems such an easy affair, I’m going to try it soon, thanks for sharing this great recipe! ^_^

  • Jessica at

    A year of Yeast! I love this, I don’t see how it can get much better than that. (As long as there’s cheese in most of them). Keep it up! 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha! Amen!

      xo Michael

  • Sharon at

    This bread was wonderful!! I am not an experienced bread maker but this worked for me!! It was easy to shape and handle and came out looking like the picture! Thank you for sharing! I will be making this again.

  • Kitty at

    This looks like such a fun bread to make. Just have a question: should it be baked on the lower rack of the oven or middle?

  • Mrs. S at

    This was fantastic the first time I made it as a loaf! I got a wild hair the second time round and turned it into a pizza crust. BEST pizza crust ever!

  • Andi at

    I made this today and made a few mistakes. I forgot the parm cheese and mixed in the 2C of shredded cheese.

    It was a huge hit here. I love that we can change this up with different mix ins. Thanks to the comment about using the instant read thermometer. My break was a tad dark but was in the 150 range. A tent of tinfoil until it came to temp was the solution.

    Hubby suggested I make it next time into two narrower and flatter loaves so there are more toasty edges.

    Even my picky teens liked it!

  • Margaret Herriges at

    this looks fabulous! Can it be frozen? I’m wondering if I could make it a couple weeks ahead of a party.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m not sure, I didn’t freeze mine. However, depending on your ingredients, I think it would do okay.

      xo Michael

  • Celine at

    I’ll try it now!thanks for this recipes

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  • Jenni at

    This is soooo delicious!!! Should the leftovers be refrigerated? If I didn’t overnight is it safe to eat?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I know that some people leave pizza out overnight, but I refrigerate mine.

      xo Michael

  • Jenn at

    This looks soooo delicious. Wow. I am going to make this for a Super Bowl get together on Sunday. Can’t wait!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s fabulous! Wait till you try it.

      xo Michael

  • Janie at

    Looks great! I am making this for Superbowl day!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Ohh! Perfect plan! It’s delicious. Enjoy!

      xo Michael

  • Aimee at

    Do u know if this recipe can be made into a bread machine recipe? It sounds so good!

  • Alfiani at

    I want to make that bread! But I need someone’s help to convert the scale into metric. Can anybody help me?

  • julie at

    Made the bread and it’s amazing but the cheese still cooked out. Any advice on how to stop this from happening?

  • Gail Scott at

    Love this! Will try for holiday weekends with family, can’t wait. By the way, I am not a blog follower, I end up on your blog a lot because of my pinterest obsession, I just have to say, I really like the style and the simplicity of your blog. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Gail! You can enter your email address into the subscription box on my blog and you’ll get an email when I post. It’s kind of an easy way to follow along. Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Katie @ Made to be a Momma at

    Oh my goodness! How crazy is it that I have never heard of Pizza Bread? This looks delicious! I can’t wait to make it for my family!

  • Carol at

    Just wondering if I can make the dough in my bread machine. I use it to make dough for rolls and bread sticks all the time. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m not sure Carol. I’ve never tried it that way.

      xo Michael

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