I have good news and bad news.

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The good news is… I made you bread. It tastes like pizza. It’s swirled with piles of grated provolone and spicy pepperoni and a nice little mixture of Italian seasoning [...that came out of a tube]. Yeah. We all do it.

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The bad news is that it disappeared. Poof!

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Like… all of it. Every last drop. Err, crumb. If you wanted to drop by today for lunch? All I could serve you are some wrinkly week old strawberries and a leftover slice of pizza that someone ate all the cheese off of. Not me. Okay… me.

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At best I could dig the foil out of the trash for you that enveloped this loaf for a full 13 minutes before complete domination took over. You don’t want trashy tin.

 

See, bread if my favorite thing to make. I tricked you there, didn’t I? You thought you knew me soooo well and I’d gladly whirl cookies or brownies in my mixer any day of the week. But I’m really all about the bread. I don’t do it often because I tend to choose ease over homemade and trashy magazine reading over yeast proofing, but I love the touch, smell and taste of fresh bread. Uh, who doesn’t? Maybe someone with a few screws loose.

 

I want to dive headfirst into this pepperoni roll on steroids and doggy paddle through every cheesy swirl. Especially the crispy, burnt pieces, which we all know are the absolute best. They remind me of when my mom would serve some Stouffer’s mac and cheese every now and then with the golden, bubbly brown spots that would inevitably burn my tongue off and instill a firey passion inside my soul. Cheese is like a religion.

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Pizza Swirl Bread

[adapted from martha stewart.com]

makes one loaf

4 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup milk

1/4 cup warm water

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1 large egg

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 garlic cloves, minced

6 ounces provolone cheese, freshly grated

4 ounces grated parmesan cheese

20-30 slices pepperoni, or however much you would like

1/3 cup tomato sauce, or more if desired

1 tablespoons italian seasoning

1. In a small saucepan, combine milk and 2 tablespoons butter over low heat. Heat until bubbles appear on the sides then turn off heat and set aside.

2. Measure out 1/4 cup of warm water and combine it with yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, until foamy. Optional: while yeast is is dissolving, stick pepperoni in the microwave on a paper towel lined plate for 30-40 seconds to remove a bit of grease. Lightly butter an 81/2 x 4 x 2 loaf pan.

3. Gently whisk the egg with the milk/butter mixture. In the bowl of an electric mixer (using dough hook attachment), combined flour and salt and lightly mix to combine. With the mixer on low speed, add in milk/butter mixture, then yeast mixture. Mix on medium speed until dough comes together, about 5-6 minutes. Remove dough from bowl and lightly flour your workspace, then knead by hand for a minute or two. Add a few more teaspoons of flour if dough is sticky until it becomes smooth.

4. Melt the two tablespoons of butter. Brush one tablespoon all over a bowl, then place dough in bowl and coat with butter. Cover the bowl and set in a warm place to double in size for about one hour.

5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

6. After dough has risen, punch out the air bubbles, flour your workspace again, and roll into an 8 x 12 inch rectangle. Spread tomato sauce on first, then minced garlic, then provolone, then pepperoni, then parmesan, then italian seasoning. Starting at one of the short ends, tightly roll dough into a loaf. Place in loaf pan and brush with remaining melted butter, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

7. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Let cool for 30 minutes, then remove from pan.

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Oh how I wish you could taste this.

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201 Responses to “Pizza Swirl Bread.”

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    Kaethe — August 29, 2011 @ 7:02 am

    Yumyumyum!!!!:)

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    Sweet and Savvy — August 29, 2011 @ 7:03 am

    Great recipe! Pizza bread just may be the best thing I’ve seen… ever.

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    Jessica L. — August 29, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    this looks incredible!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — August 29, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    I also worship at the altar of cheese :). This pizza bread looks fantastic, and I can promise you that it wouldn’t last long in our house either!

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    Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance — August 29, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    Does this qualify as a breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert roll? :D

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 7:14 am

      I say yes.

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    Kathryn — August 29, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    I’m pretty sure I could eat the whole thing by myself in one sitting. It looks so good!

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — August 29, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    Woah…that looks awesome! Cheese is my hero. ;-)

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    Noelle — August 29, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    Ingenious! I want this this morning. Especially since I woke up eating goldfish crackers. I want everything I see. Not great for this pregnancy craving but glad it is happening only in the last 7 weeks of this pregnancy. Feed my belly Jessica! Send me a loaf! :D

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    Holly — August 29, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    I’m totally with you on fesh bread- NOTHING beats it! And with a pat of butter..heaven on earth! I also love that the smell of it baking fills the whole house. Mmmm

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    Erica — August 29, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Bread really is the best food. Where is the all carb diet? I need it. Perfect party food? I think so

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 29, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    I still haven’t made any bread but this looks out of this world… might finally have to do it!

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    Rodzilla — August 29, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    this brings backs memories of my aunts “garbage bread” – hers can’t be beat, but yours is looking pretty good :)

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    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — August 29, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    I need to make some recipes for my sister that freeze well tonight!….She is having a baby and I want her to have some easy meals, this will work AWESOME!!!!! :) Thanks & perfect timing!!!
    PS-I hope you find it….. if not, make some more! :)

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — August 29, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    I’ve been making this for years and the family loves it!! So easy and so good! We especially like it dipped in the Good Seasons Italian Dressing!
    Love the picture of the rolled dough sitting next to the pan.

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — August 29, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    I think I”m making this for dinner tonight, thanks! (it counts as dinner, right?)

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 9:25 am

      Obviously.

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    Becki@beckiswholelife — August 29, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    Yum…my husband would so love this – might have to surprise him with this one night this week! I have no idea why, but the pictures of the open pizza and the rolled up pizza made me laugh…it must be early and not enough coffee yet. Great recipe – the slices look delicious. I would totally dip this in some sauce..maybe even some blue cheese dressing? When we were in high school we would dip the pizza in the blue cheese dressing cups from the chicken wings and it was soooo good.

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 9:25 am

      I’ve done that before too and it’s SO good!

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — August 29, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    This reminds me of Italian Dunkers — which was my absolute favorite hot lunch when I was a kid — the big pieces of bread loaded with cheese that you dunk into marinara. So greasy and so delicious.

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 9:24 am

      I want that for lunch.

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    VeggieGirl — August 29, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    I wish I could taste that bread too!! Holy moly deliciousness.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 29, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    EVIL! :)

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 29, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    Wow, that looks amazing! The thought of bread making is a bit intimidating to me (mostly because all previous attempts have resulted in dough that resembles a rock) but this actually sounds easy!!

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    Kelly — August 29, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    How do you think this stuff up? You would be grossly unimpressed by the eats that come out of my kitchen!

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    Aine @ Something to Chew Over — August 29, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    Oh wow this looks amazing! The only trouble would be waiting for 30 minutes before eating…

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    Angela (Oh She Glows) — August 29, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    I loooove swirl bread. Always been too lazy to make it myself though! Better fix that :)

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    Blog is the New Black — August 29, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    WANT WANT WANT!

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    Jaimee h — August 29, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Wish I had that for breakfast right now

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    Cookbook Queen — August 29, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    I love bread making too. But darn is it time consuming!!

    This looks perfect.

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    Laurie @SimplyScratch — August 29, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    I wouldn’t mind doggy paddling through the cheesy swirls either! Love LOVE L<3Ve Bread!… and pizza… and this post! Delicious!

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    Cait's Plate — August 29, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Oh.
    This. Is. Genius.
    I need to make this for my boyfriend. I’m pretty sure it may get him to propose. I’ll take a picture of the ring after it’s acquired as a result of this bread ;)

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 9:23 am

      Do it now!

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      • Cait's Plate — August 29th, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

        Haha – ON IT!! ;)

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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — August 29, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    it’s like a pepperoni sleeping bag I want to live in.

    Is that weird?

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 9:23 am

      Gosh I love that.

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    Amy — August 29, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Sweet. Heavens. This looks amazing! Can’t WAIT to try it :)

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    Karly — August 29, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    You just took pizza bread to a whole new level. I love it.

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    Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet — August 29, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Perfect for when you need a savory swirl bread. Though I think cinnamon swirl will always win ;)

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    Devon {Confections of a Food Bitch} — August 29, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    If this is anywhere near as good as the pizza dip (which I’m SURE it is), I’m totally done for. DONE.

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook — August 29, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    If cheese is a religion, I’m a Cardinal of Mozzarella. hahah. This looks fantastic.

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 11:07 am

      Hahaha. Best line ever.

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — August 29, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    OH YEAH BABY!! What a great addition this would make to our Christmas Eve spread! Can’t wait to give it a try!

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    Erin — August 29, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    I love baking bread as well! The smell is intoxicating.

    Be warned: bread baking is a gateway drug – at least for me. Now I am a home brewer, and my recently my husband and I have been tossing around ideas for vinegars and sauerkraut.

    Fermentation = SO. COOL.

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 11:06 am

      I can totally see that. Luckily I’m lazy.

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    Gen — August 29, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    You’re a genius!!!! Can’t wait to try this!

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    sarah@spinach and spice — August 29, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    Oh my! That’s like the last bite of the pizza when you get a little crust+a little saucy+cheesy goodness. Girlfriend your a genius!

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    Katie — August 29, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Oh, I WILL taste it. It is going on our dinner menu for this week. That’s right…dinner. Pizza Bread for dinner. Meeker thanks you in advance/

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 11:06 am

      I’m coming for dinner.

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    Erin — August 29, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    I am a devout believer in cheese. And I would love to be able to taste that as well. Guess it’s going on my to-make list!

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    Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine — August 29, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    “Cheese is like a religion”. Hahaha. That bread looks ridiculous. MY BF was standing across the room and he glanced over and goes, “You should make THAT!”

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    Jess — August 29, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    oh man, my grandpap makes the best pepperoni rolls ever but these bread looks amazing and I wish I had some for my lunch today instead of a gross salad!

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    Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy — August 29, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    My boyfriend would love this!

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — August 29, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    oh my word! This looks amazing!

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen — August 29, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Ohhh, this looks so good – it reminds me of a stromboli but breadier… which is always a good thing!

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    Deborah — August 29, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure I could put that whole loaf down myself!!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — August 29, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    amazing! this looks sooooo good. maybe even better than regular pizza??!?!

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 11:05 am

      Oh man… we should have a taste test.

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    Lee Ann L. — August 29, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    This looks and sounds yummy! I have one question. I’m an idiot when it comes to certain ingredients. When the recipe calls for yeast, is it Active or Instant? Thanks!

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 11:05 am

      Ah, you’re not an idiot at all! I definitely should have clarified. Active – fixed. :)

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    Lindsay Bressett — August 29, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    O.M.G. I thought I was all alone in my love for the burnt pieces of cheese!! lol :) this looks uber yummy!!!

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    • Jessica — August 29th, 2011 @ 11:05 am

      That’s the best part!!

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    Ashley — August 29, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    Oh, how I wish I could too. Love the last photo that really shows the swirl! :)

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