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Monday, July 12, 2010

Pepperoni Bread

A perfect party food, or after school snack. Something that adults and kids can both enjoy!

Easy pizza dough
1 1/4 cups warm water (105-115)
 1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons olive oil, vegetable oil is fine also
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 to 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1 package sliced pepperoni
1 1/2-2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

1. In a medium sized bowl add water and sprinkle yeast on top, once it starts to dissolve add the sugar and whisk to combine. Let rest for 5 minutes.

2. Mix in salt and add 2 cups of flour, stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until flour dissolves. Add the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time stirring well after each time until dough is firm and no longer sticky. Then move dough onto a floured surface.

3. Sprinkle hands with flour and knead the dough for about 4 minutes until fluffy and springy.
Place dough in a oiled large- size bowl turning to oil all sides of dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place until dough has doubled in size; about 1 hour.
Punch down dough several times to let out air and move to a floured surface and knead for 1 minute.

4. Combine butter and seasonings. Brush on dough, some to brush on top later.

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

5. Roll the dough into a large rectangle, brush with butter mixture and arrange pepperoni's to cover the entire dough surface leaving a 1 inch border then sprinkle cheese evenly leaving the same border. beginning with a long end, roll up the dough like a jelly roll. tuck each side under and move roll seam side down to a non-stick sprayed baking sheet. Cover it with oiled plastic wrap, let dough rest for another 15 minutes in a warm place.

6. Remove plastic wrap brush the remaining butter mixture on top, bake for about 35 minutes until it is golden brown.

7. Slide onto a wire rack let cool for 15 minutes and cute into thick slices, serve warm with warm marinara sauce.

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