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Many families do pizza night once a week, and we’ve done that over the years, much to the delight of my kids. Who doesn’t love pizza? But if you’re in the mood to mix it up, you can make homemade pizza bread with basically the same ingredients. This is also something I’ve made for road trips—it’s good at room temperature and is easy to eat in the car (and much less messy than trying to eat actual pizza in the car).
My version uses just chees and pepperoni, but anything that’s good on pizza would be good filling for this pizza bread! Just make sure you remove as much moisture as possible.
Easy Homemade Pizza Bread
When I make pizza bread, I basically double a normal pizza recipe. The first step is to prepare the pizza dough according to whatever recipe you’re using. If you’re using pre-made dough from the store, you’re good, but if you’re making it from scratch, you’ll probably have to plan ahead! I used my recipe for pizza dough and doubled it so I would have enough for the equivalent of two pizzas.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare the “toppings” by dicing the pepperoni slices into quarters and mixing in a bowl with the shredded mozzarella, Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 tbsp. flour, and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Use your hands to mix this up and make sure the pepperoni slices are distributed evenly.
Roll the dough out onto the counter and shape it into a ball. You want to divide it into 4 mostly equal pieces.
Once I roll the dough into a ball, I just cut across it horizontally and vertically to create 4 pieces, then roll each of these into a ball before you roll them out.
Roll each piece out into a similarly sized long rectangle. I use the baking sheet I’m using as a guide. It’s OK if your rectangles are a little longer than the pan; you’re going to weave them together and that will make the overall loaf shorter.
Spread the filling evenly down the middle of each of the four rectangles. (Obviously, I’m only doing two at a time, but you get the idea.)
Close the rectangles by pinching the dough together at the ends and all along the middle.
Do the following on a large cookie sheet: Taking two of the closed rectangles, place them seam side down and cross them at one end. Then wrap them around each other until you reach the end of the rectangles. Pinch the ends together at each end.
Here’s what it will look like when you’re done. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Just make sure the ends of the loaf especially are pressed together so the whole thing doesn’t come apart as it’s baking.
Then do the same thing again to make two! Once you’ve got your loafs prepped, you’ll want to cut some slits int he top and then mix the melted butter with salt and garlic powder and brush it over the tops. This will make the final product golden brown and delicious.
You’ll bake it for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and you begin to spy some bubbly cheese.
Let it cool on the pan for a few minutes; then slice it into pieces. We like to dip ours in marinara sauce, but it’s delicious as is!