Pizza Bread: Homemade Italian Bread is baked with marinara sauce and cheese and topped with garlic butter and pizza seasonings. A fun, cheesy, kid-friendly meal!
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–LOL!
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 cannot 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 or as we called it–Cut Bread.
We called this cheesy, gooey, garlicy masterpiece, cut bread.
Why? You literally cut up the pizza roll and scatter onto a baking sheet and bake.
It may sound odd to cut it all up before baking, but this is KEY.
It allows different textures. Super soft bread, crunchy cheese, gooey cheese, crisp bread. FABULOUS!!
Dip it in marinara for a final PERFECT touch.
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?
Looks like a hot mess, right?! But it is a cheesy, gooey, delicious piece of heaven.
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.
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 🙂
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 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 1/4 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.