Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Braided Pizza Bread--Calzones

I saw this recipe the other day and had several ideas!! My youngest son wanted calzones this week, so I decided to start with a pizza like version.

2 loaves frozen bread dough (thawed) or you can make your own from this crust recipe
1 can spaghetti sauce
1 can tomato paste
1 stick butter (softened)
shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat spaghetti sauce in a saucepan, add tomato paste, 2 T garlic, 1 T oregano & 1 T basil, stir until well combined.

Roll bread dough out into a rectangular shape so its approx. 1/2 inch thick. Combine butter with 2 Tablespoons garlic. Spread thin layer on the rectangle.

Spread 1/3 cup sauce down the center of rectangle.
Add layer of pepperoni down center
Cover pepperoni with a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese

Use a pizza cutter to cut strips along each side of the dough (even numbers on each side). Starting at the bottom, take each piece, cross and twist.
Continue cris-crossing until your pizza is braided.
Brush remaining butter/garlic mixture over top.

Cover with foil to prevent burning crust
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes
Remove foil after 15 minutes of cooking

Allow to cool 10 minutes before slicing to serve.
One loaf feeds 4 adults easily.

The original recipe gives instructions for preparing this as a freezer meal.


Christie Silvers said...

Yummy!! I just made homemade pizza last night. I make the dough in my bread machine. I will definitely have to make a calzone next time!

Janet said...

That looks yummy.

Ivy Lane said...

OMG! I want a piece of that calzone!! looks deeeelish!

bumblebeecottage said...

That looks fabulous. My husband would adore that for tea. Have a great weekend :)

Darrin said...

Looks awesome. It's a cold weekend in Colorado, so maybe I'll try my hand at one of these!

MommyAmy said...

Ooooooh, that looks GOOD! I'm gonna have to put that on the menu for next week. :)

Charlotte said...

That looks delicious. I will have to try it.

Chow and Chatter said...


MommyAmy said...

I made this for dinner tonight. It was easy, AND GOOD!!! We're already talking about what fillings we're going to put in it next time. :)

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

That is SO cool! If my hubby sees this he's SO gonna want to try making it!

Thanks for the follow, by the way!