Oh my gosh did this turn out wonderful! Anybody can make this simple Pizza Bread! I have been wanting to try this for some time now. I wanted to keep it simple yet elegant looking and it worked! I made this with onion, cheese and lots of pepperoni but you can make it any way you want. Add some mushrooms, sausage, peppers……well you get the idea. It is like a pizza wrapped in the dough and topped with sweet dried basil.
Melt butter and add chopped onion. Cook onion until it is half way cooked.
Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Place pizza dough on it and pat it out to 11″ x 14″ size.
In the center of the dough, make three rows of pepperoni, lengthwise, using all of the pepperoni. Place chopped, cooked onion evenly on top of pepperoni. Add a little sauce on top of onions, optional, or just dip into the sauce after cooked.
Sprinkle with cheese. Using kitchen scissors, cut the sides o the dough to within 1/2″ of the filling.
Fold the ends up then crisscross the cut pieces from the left side then the right side covering all of the filling. Sprinkle with dried basil. Make an egg wash and brush it all over the top in a thin coat.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 11-15 minutes. If it is not a golden brown on top, switch the oven to broil and watching carefully, finish browning the top to a golden brown.
Let Pizza Bread sit for 10 minutes and slice. Dip in leftover pizza sauce if you wish.
1 – 13.8 oz can refrigerated pizza dough
1 cup pizza cheese
6 oz pepperoni
15 oz can pizza sauce
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1 Tbl butter
1 Tbl dried basil, optional
1 Tbl water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Melt butter in a saucepan and sauté the onions until they are halfway cooked.
Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the pizza dough on the pan and unroll it patting it to 11″ x 14″.
Make three rows of pepperoni down the center horizontally. Place the onion evenly over the pepperoni. Add a little sauce on top of the onions, optional, or just cook and dip in the sauce. Sprinkle evenly with the cheese.
Using kitchen scissors cut strips in the dough about 1″ wide to 1/2″ from the filling on both sides. Fold up both ends and crisscross the cut pieces enclosing the bread on top. Sprinkle with dried basil.
With a fork whisk the egg and water together. Brush on top of the bread lightly but coating it all.
Bake for 11-15 minutes. If the top is not completely golden brown, turn the oven to broil and watching constantly, broil Pizza Bread until golden brown on top.
When done, put the pan on a hot pad and let rest for 10 minutes.
Cut Pizza Bread and serve with the extra pizza sauce (optional).