So Pinterest. I love you and hate you at the same time. There are SO MANY THINGS that I want to re-create and I don’t have enough time in my life to do so. Also, I sometimes question how good some of these pins will turn out…. Will my craft be as cute? Will my kitchen creations come out as beautiful as they do in the photos? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
This one was a 98% yes, with 2% of it being my fault and putting too much in the pan. I’ll explain later.
So I saw this recipe pinned a trillion times on Pinterest all leading back to Just a Taste. Doesn’t it look AMAZE? Yeah, it does. So I pinned it along with about 30 others. I usually forget about my pins after pinning, but not this one. This one was stuck in my head. I think I even dreamed about it. I had to do something about it, so I did.
I bought everything I needed because, let’s be honest here, I don’t do a lot of bread baking. I buy my doughs pre-made for pizza or I support a local bakery. Perhaps this will change my tune. I may or may not have scoured the grocery store for yeast because … I’ve never bought yeast. BUT! I found it! All was well in my world and it was fine.
Onto the recipe and more photos:
Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread from Just a Taste
Prep Time: 2 hours (includes proofing)
Cook Time: 30 min
For the dough:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (1 envelope)
1/3 cup whole milk
6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup water
2 large eggs, at room temperature
For the toppings:
1/2 cup pizza or marinara sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup sliced pepperoni
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cloves garlic, minced
In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together 2 cups of the flour with the sugar, salt and yeast. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine the milk and 6 tablespoons butter over low heat until melted. Remove the saucepan from the stove and stir in the water. Let set until it reaches 120-130ºF.
Pour the milk mixture over the dry ingredients, using a spatula to fold them together just until combined.
Attach the dough hook to your stand mixer and knead the dough on low speed until fully incorporated, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, kneading in between each addition so that the eggs are fully incorporated.
Stop the mixer and add 1/2 cup of the remaining flour, kneading it on low speed until the dough is smooth, about 2 minutes. Add 3 more tablespoons flour and knead just until the dough is soft, but still slightly sticky.
Lightly flour your work surface, and then turn the dough out onto the surface, kneading it 5 or 6 times just until it comes together into a ball.
Lightly grease a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and secure it tightly with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to proof in a warm, dry place for one hour, or until it doubles in size.
Gently deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll it into a rectangle measuring roughly 20″x11″. Brush the dough with the sauce, sprinkle it with the cheese and top it with the pepperoni.
Trim the edges, discarding any scraps, to make straight sides along the rectangle.
Cut the rectangle (width-wise) into 5 equal strips. Stack the strips atop one another and then cut the strips into 4 equal parts to make a total of 20 squares.
Lightly butter a 9″x5″ loaf pan. Stack the squares against each other, cut-sides down. (There will be extra space on both sides.) Lightly cover the pan with plastic wrap and let it proof for 30 minutes or until it doubles in size.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Stir together the melted butter and minced garlic.
Place the loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake it for 15 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven, brush the top of the loaf with the garlic butter, and then return it to the oven to continue baking for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
Remove the pan from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before turning the loaf out onto a serving plate.
Here’s where I went wrong. I put TOO MANY squares of dough in my baking dish. I probably should have put about half in. I ended up leaving the bread in the oven for probably another hour. I KNOW. Totally my fault. But it was still delish!
See?! Doesn’t it still look amazing? It did. And it tasted delish. I’m making this again. Next time I’ll do a sweet version… can we say nutella? I die.