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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  • nina at

    You are the BEST!!! Love your recipes, design inspirations, and your blog!! THANK YOU!!!!

  • Suzanne at

    This is amazing.
    I love that the possible combinations are endless.
    I will definitely be making this for years to come.
    Thank you so much for this recipe.

  • Tammy at

    Hi. This looks delicious and I know my family will love it. I’m a less than experienced cook. I’m still not clear how to fold the bread after putting on the cheese. See the dough cover the cheese? I apologize for the beginner question.

  • Jessica at

    I strugglebussed hard with this recipe. I know you said it was supposed to be tacky but it was absolutely GUI so I added a bit more flour to it before the rising’s and then when I pulled it out to roll it out I had to add probably at least a cup more of flour if not more to get it so I can actually control it without it sticking to absolutely everything. It’s sitting now before it goes into the oven so we will see how the end turns out. I will let you know. I’m hoping it works well and I’m not sure if my items were just more damp or what happened. As long as it’s edible we’re going to eat it 🙂

    • Jessica at

      *gooey not GUI

  • Darlene at

    Michael, YUM, that looks so delish. Pizza just happens to be my favourite thing on the planet. Can’t wait to try it. Bet it is great toasted too. My mouth is watering.
    Thanks for sharing Michael.
    (Nova Scotia)

  • Novi at

    hi Michael, what is your suggestion if I want to make pizza buns instead of loaf? Thanks

  • patti@pandoras box at

    Hi…I just made this bread (started with a frozen bread dough because I am lazy!) and i didn’t have the tomatoes so I added diced pepperoni – and it was delish! To tell if bread is finished baking you can just tap on the top of loaf and its it gives a “hollow” sound, it is baked through! I will definitely be making it again (i have 2 more frozen loaves in the freezer!!)

  • Iris at

    I just tried it and what a delicious but simple idea! Definitely to make again and again for lazy sunday brunch! 🙂

  • Teri Giese at

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  • Kelsey at

    This sounds delish, I’m super excited to make it. Dumb question: what exactly do you mean by folding the dough like an envelope after adding the cheese? I don’t understand that description… Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Kelsey, Sorry, that is a bit confusing. It just means so that’s it’s the shape of an envelope. Like a long rectangle. The end shape should be 17×6, not 8×11. Hopefully that makes more sense.

      Thanks! Michael

  • Mia at

    Hiiiii I have just made the dough and its rising as I type. So excited to see how it turns out. I just wanted to know if you have to cook it after the 2hrs or can I leave it for a few more hrs so it’s made along with dinner. Can anyone help.?
    Thanks x

  • Pari at

    I tried making this bread tonight.. It didnt cook properly from inside. I even put back my bread to bake for another 20 mins on 350 temp. It was still undercooked. Pls let me know what I did wrong. Thank you

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Pari, Oh bummer! I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ve made this bread several times from my recipe and had no issue. I’m not sure what could have happened?

      xo Michael

  • Maija at

    What a beautiful, colourful bread!
    I made tomato jam last summer/fall…
    What do you think about spreading a bit of it under the cheese before you roll it?
    Thank you in advance.

  • Dianna at

    I’ve made this many times and it is always the favorite on the table. I am wondering if it would be ok to make the dough the night before and refrigerate it overnight?

    • Leslee at

      I would also like to know if the dough prep could be done ahead of time, and baked just before guests arrive?

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        Leslee – I’ve never prepped the dough in advance, so I’m not sure what the results would be.

        xo Michael

  • Eileen at

    Could I make this with a frozen pizza dough instead of making dough from scratch? I have never had any luck with yeast breads.

  • Jeri Cote at

    In the oven now!

  • Carolina Bimonte at

    I saw this bread on pinterest and was looking for a quick fix bread. This recipe is just awesome.
    I made mine with tomatoes, leek, basil and feta as topping. Judging by the pic yours is much more filled than mine (I used the 2 1/2 c of toppings) but that doesn’t mean less flavor. It is so delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

  • HP at

    I made this last night and it is amazing. I completely improvised on the “pizza” ingredients and went towards a Mediterranean prosciutto/olive bread flavor-wise. The dough rose so much and so quickly. It is an incredible recipe and very easy to do on the fly. Everyone loved it! thank you for sharing!!!


    Just took this out of the oven, and OMG does my house smell amazing–can’t wait to dig in. Thanks for sharing recipe

  • Faz at

    Could you please explain exaclty what you ean by floding lie an enveope in step 3? thanks!

    • Faz at

      Correction: Could you please explain what you mean by folding like an envelope in step 3? Thanks!

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