I am headed to Ohio for my Spring Break. WHAT?!!! That is what all of you are thinking right now, because I know we are all over winter everywhere in this country. I mean, there was snow falling here in Georgia just 2 days ago–I thought it was March!!
So anyways, yes, I am not headed to the Caribbean or Mediterranean and if you are…I DO NOT want to hear about it or see your tan next week.
But I am headed to where my wonderful family is and my baby sister just had a baby. That makes me feel old…I would have thought the gray hair I have had sprouting for the past five years would have done it, but nope this did.
So I am going to get me some baby lovin from my new niece. I can not wait. I am so excited!!!!
And I plan to love on my sister a bit too.
One of the ways I plan to do this other than let her sleep and soothe any fussies my sweet niece may have, is to feed the new Mama with some comfort food.
And this Pizza Bread is one of our favorites that we grew up on.
Trust me, you will love it and it could not be easier. And it is a great thing for kids to help with–no way to mess this thing up. You’re loving it already right?
In the recipe I have included a simple Italian Bread dough recipe but you can use my bread dough recipe if you would like or purchase bread dough from your grocery’s bakery (I will warn you that it may have added ingredients you may not want unless you have an amazing bakery!) For me personally, I prefer the Italian bread dough for this because it screams home to me.
And then let the kids get messy. Top the bread dough that had been rolled out with marinara sauce (I use my homemade sauce) and your favorite toppings. I kept it simple this time with nitrate free pepperoni and green peppers. Then roll up the dough, cut it into 1 ” cubes –yes the toppings will spill out and be everywhere and that is the beauty of it. Then you scoop up all the bread and pile onto a greased sheet pan into what you try to make look like a loaf.
Yummy, yummy, goodness!!!
So while you are lying on the beach next week, I will be stuffing my face with this in my sweat pants. I know that is something the beach can’t even hold a candle to 🙂
- 1½ cups warm water
- 4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1½ tsp salt
- 2½ tsp yeast
- 1-2 cups Marinara sauce
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- favorite toppings for pizza (pepperoni, peppers, onions, sausage, spinach, tomatoes, etc)
- 2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
- For Bread Dough: Using your bread machine, put water, flour, and salt into your machine. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the yeast. Set to dough setting and let it go. (If you don't have a bread machine, mix the yeast into the water until dissolved and let sit for about 5 minutes. Stir the salt into the flour and then slowly add the water to the flour. Mix until combined and then knead about 5 minutes until dough is soft. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.)
- Roll the dough out into a 12 inch by 9 inch rectangle--or something of that nature. Spread with ¼ cup sauce and then layer on the cheese and toppings.
- Roll the dough up into a loaf, sealing the ends. Then cut into 1 inch cubes and pile them unto a greased cookie sheet--going no more than 2 squares thick.
- Sprinkle with the dried seasonings and even some Parmesan cheese if desired.
- Bake at 375 for 45 minutes until bread is cooked through and golden brown.
- Serve with reserved sauce.