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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211 Responses to “Pizza Swirl Bread.”

  1. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — August 31, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    So, then you fry this and then put it on top of some pasta… because that’s what I would do :-) though I can only imagine how wonderful this is on it’s own. Such a great idea.


    • Jessica — August 31st, 2011 @ 7:10 am

      They may be the best idea I’ve heard all week!


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    Tamsen — August 31, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    We call this stromboli in my house — and there are usually three meats (pepperoni, salami and ham) that are layered on top of the cheeses (over and over again) with spices then rolled into the loaf.

    Whenever I make it, I wish I wasn’t a vegetarian!


    • uuh.. — September 6th, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

      This is rude.
      You throw this tidbit out like you’re glad to ruin someone’s day. Did a vegan hurt your feelings recently?
      A) Not all apples are coated in it.
      B) It can easily be removed by washing or peeling the apple.
      C) Being vegan doesn’t mean life is over if you eat a bit of honey on accident. Ass.


    • get off your high horse — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:05 am

      What did you just google how to try and call someone out on being vegan? Tamsen was simply making a comment about the blog post – your comment was pointless, making it seem like you are just one of those people who tries to prove that they know something every chance they get. Too bad you just ended up making yourself look like a jerk who doesn’t know the difference between vegan and vegetarian – just an fyi… get over yourself.


    • not a cannibal — September 12th, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

      Hey, just wanted to know if you ate soylent green, cause if you did, you’re eating ‘people’, otherwise known as the secretion of the female human.. cause you know when people are washed the natural wax is removed. You’ve gotta tell them! Soylent Green is people! We’ve gotta stop them somehow!


      • im a LOL — October 17th, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

        LOL this made my day

    • T — December 1st, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

      Thiis is very different from stromboli.


      • Tamsen — December 2nd, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

        Well, not in my house.

  3. #
    marla {family fresh cooking} — August 31, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    Love this swirl pizza bread. Such an awesome idea!


  4. #
    Eileen — September 1, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    Oh my!! I gotta try this. It looks so ridiculously wonderful and not hard so thanks!


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    Corinne — September 1, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    You know, if you enjoy making yeast breads and don’t want to spend a lot of time on them, you should try the recipes/method outlined in the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I also have NO time for bread making, but I just stir up a big batch of dough once a week (it takes 5 minutes), leave it on the counter for 2 hours, then stick it in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks and pull pieces off as I need them. I use the dough to make boules, pizzas, hamburger buns, cheesy rolled up breads like yours, etc. I promise I don’t work for the authors or anything; I just love that book! :)


    • jeanne — September 7th, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

      I think I have that book, I am def. going to go and look for that recipe, thanks


      • runningsealey — September 9th, 2011 @ 9:43 am

        @ Corinne – I love that book! They actually wrote a second one about the same method using lots of whole grain. Anyone like me who is lazy and loves bread needs to learn the method for fabulous bread that takes only 5 minutes to make. Love love love it!

  6. #
    fajas colombianas — September 1, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    This is brilliant! The good thing is that I can add more cheese after the swirl


  7. #
    Linda - New England Fine Living — September 2, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    I know a few hungry men that would like me to make this some night soon! Maybe this weekend.


  8. #
    Elle — September 2, 2011 @ 11:19 am



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    fran — September 2, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    Gross ! White Trash Food !


    • niki — September 6th, 2011 @ 3:46 am

      white trash food?? did anyone else scrunch their eyebrows like wtf? yeah seriously if you wanna insult people go do it pinkies out at your 5 star restaurant with your stuck up friends.. that is if you have any. love this idea i’m about to go white trash it up in the kitchen!


    • sodak — September 6th, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

      come down to earth B


      • dickbikini — September 10th, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

        I think “Fran” is about as “white trash” a name as you can have. Hey Franny, remember when you used to work at Mel’s diner with Flo? “Order Up! Rolled pizza bread to table six Franny!”

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    Kat @ Living Like the Kings — September 2, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

    umm what is this? swirl pizza? Has anyone ever made this? This sounds amazing.


  11. #
    Laura's Last Ditch--Vintage Kitchenwares — September 4, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    Mmmm! Will someone just make this for me?


  12. #
    Rachael — September 5, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    Hey! You have a very colorful blogger personality. Found you on stumbleupon. I like the way you draw the reader in with your banter and awesome images. Kudos!


  13. #
    Mush2 — September 6, 2011 @ 12:07 am

    Yeah, stromboli.


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    Jinx — September 6, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    Really? It’s a damn pizza recipe. You don’t like it, take your complaints somewhere else. Having a bad day? It’s called life, and sometimes it’s just hard. In my personal opinion, this is just the kind of stuff I’d eat as comfort food after a bad day, and you’re entitled to not like it, but don’t try to force others to listen to your negative bullcaca just because.


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    jones — September 6, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    Ohhh, myyy. Looks so good. My daughter-in-law makes what we call Stromboli, and she makes it like this, she makes it with ham and cheese, and she makes it with ham and mashed potatoes for the Irish among us. Super Bowl Sunday is fun at their house!
    I can’t believe this recipe engendered such nasty comments. Must be all the rain.


  16. #
    Charwit — September 6, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    Has anyone made a garlic bread out of this? I think that would be delish.


    • RPGold — September 16th, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

      My thought exactly! Serve with Tomato Soup… Oh, even better, make it into a grilled cheese… MMM


  17. #
    me — September 7, 2011 @ 3:50 am

    I am glad that all the jerkfaces have been properly jandled in the comments. Makes me have a glimmer of hope that the snarky trolls don’t always win.


    • me — September 7th, 2011 @ 3:51 am



      • patty — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:22 am

        I like to think of the negative nellies being properly jandled, as well as handled! Its a fun recipe, and I cant wait to try it out!

  18. #
    Simone — September 7, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    Wow, that really looks good and I see how it would disappear in the blink of an eye!


  19. #
    Mariana — September 7, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    What a spectacular idea! I’ve just begun the process of learning to bake bread; can’t wait to give this a shot. Also, love your photos.


  20. #
    Sarah — September 7, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    WOW!!!! I can’t believe all the negative comments on here. How sad!! It’s just pizza bread!! LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH!!! enjoy life and all the great food idea’s out there! To all the sad people who have nothing nice to say. I encourage you to go work out and get some oxygen flowing in the brain before blogging. Have you ever noticed that people who throw slurs around like, “WHITE TRASH”….Usually are trashy….FRAN…..Just say’n


  21. #
    Sarah — September 7, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    Oh, and btw….This swirl pizza bread sounds awesome!!! I can’t wait to make it!!


  22. #
    Bakeca Varese — September 8, 2011 @ 3:02 am

    Looks deliciouse! I have to try it!


  23. #
    Millie King — September 8, 2011 @ 3:09 am

    Awesome recipe I do the same thing, but roll it so it’s longer and only 3 flips. I also use pizza sauce and black olives (personal preference) and brush the top with beaten egg.
    We call it Pizza Roll and hot or cold they’re great. 2-3 piled on a platte makes for easy parties, kid snacks, football goodies…


  24. #
    Katie — September 8, 2011 @ 4:51 am

    This looks delicious – gorgeous photos and easy to follow recipe – yum!


  25. #
    rango — September 8, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    i’m hungry


  26. #
    Ann — September 8, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    I use the lazy man method.
    I buy a loaf of my favourite slice- bread and add the paste, cheese, pepperoni, italian seasoning and other toppings on slices of my bread pop in my my toaster oven and enjoy.


    • Jessi Summers — October 12th, 2011 @ 10:00 am

      Mm we use English Muffins at my house for pizza bites. So so good.


  27. #
    Ryan — September 8, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    This is like a calzone, but crispy I can’t wait to start cooking when I move into my new apartment! Thanks for the recipe.


  28. #
    Jill — September 9, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    This looks delicious! Since this weekend (well, yesterday for real but this weekend for Ravens and Pat’s fans) starts football season, I think it calls for me to make this! I can’t wait to make it and see how delicious it is in person!!


  29. #
    Shannon — September 9, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    I found you through Stumble! I love this site!


    • Jessica — September 9th, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

      Thank you Shannon! :)


  30. #
    Taste of PhD — September 9, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    Hi Jessica,
    Pizza roll!
    now, that’s something to try :D
    I reached your blog through Stumble


  31. #
    Mark — September 10, 2011 @ 12:09 am

    I want to eat it. I want to eat it so bad.


  32. #
    ted — September 10, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    dont fuck with pizza. it was fine the way it was!


  33. #
    Sally L. — September 11, 2011 @ 2:31 am

    Is it prudent to make this without an electric mixer/fancy equipment? I have a very small kitchen and no money for something like that :(. Can I knead it by hand?
    Otherwise, the recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it! :)


  34. #
    Steve — September 12, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Pleasures are as poppies spred,
    Sieze the flower it’s blooms are shed.
    Like the snow when it lands in the river,
    White for a momnent, then melts forever.
    The Bread you shared must surley rest,
    Thank you lady, you now are blessed. Amen


  35. #
    Paula — September 12, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    Looks great, sounds great…can almost smell it baking! Found this through StumbleUpon which carries the BEST food blogs…that plus your wonderful sense of humour had me hooked. You have been bookmarked and I shall be back…:-)!


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    Amie — September 15, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    I made this recipe and it is THE BEST! I intend on making it again and again! It went into “The Binder” that I keep only the best recipes in! I have to admit though, I used store bought pizza dough, but followed the rest of the recipe to a “T.”

    I have a blog that focuses on healthy food choices and minimizing our footprint on the Earth. I am posting your recipe on it because it was THAT good and we all deserve a treat now and then :)


  37. #
    RPGold — September 16, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    Found this through Stumble:

    Upgrade, slice the bread, use for grilled cheese…. serve with Tomato Soup…



  38. #
    Kristen — September 16, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    Oh my gosh – what a delicious idea!


  39. #
    jenjenk — September 17, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    that is RIDICULOUS…LY awesome!!! :) I love this!!!! Must try quickly!!


  40. #
    Robert — September 18, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    Looks pretty delicious! Maybe we’ll try something like it


  41. #
    kai — September 19, 2011 @ 2:01 am

    I came across your site week before last… can’t remember how at the moment, but thank the gods I did! Made this recipe tonight for me and the bf and it was heaven. There is no question I will be adding this to my recipe rotation. Perfect combination of bread-y, cheesy and saucy goodness. And it was /easy/! Thank you!! :)
    * forgot to put the peperoni in before I rolled it, so I put them on the side – still good!


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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 11, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    This looke like a dinner the whole family would really enjoy! And so versatile to make with whatever toppings you want!


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    Jacqueline — October 26, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    Oh my that looks good! I will go to bed dreaming of this tonight :)


  44. #
    Louis — October 26, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    Great recipe. I’ll have to give it a try sometime.

    Unfortunately your blog has attracted people who give the internet a bad name: they argue about everything whether it concerns them or not, express opinions when nobody asked, and generally make reading your otherwise fine site unpleasant. Please delete those comments that don’t add anything to the content. Take a stand and make a statement to those jerks and let them know that your website is more important than their anonymous, self important diarrhea of the mouth.


  45. #
    emily W. — November 10, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    I loooooove this bread. Unfortunately, both times I have made it, while the top remains delicious and brown and crusty, the inside collapses like a partially-cooked cinnamon roll. Helllllp!
    P.S. Ummm….wow. The comments section got a bit wonky this time.


    • Jessica — November 10th, 2011 @ 11:58 am

      Maybe cover the bread with foil halfway through baking? And add a little time onto the bake time?


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    Jaz — November 12, 2011 @ 1:13 am

    I think I will try this subbing some veggies for the peperoni’s it looks good though!


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    Megan's Cookin' — November 14, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    Now I want to make bread!


  48. #
    Justin Douglas — November 19, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    Boy that sure does look good. Eating like that I’d have to make sure I work out that evening for sure. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


  49. #
    Cierra — December 2, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    I work in a pizza shop and make pizza and pizza related items ALL day. And this my good person(s) is in a fact, a Stromboli.


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    TheChckWhoWritesReviews — December 6, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    this looks delicious! I’m a pizza fanatic! I will have to make these REAL soon. Once i’ve tried them i’ll write a review on it on my blog



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