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Braided Pizza Loaf

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After several tries, I finally got this one right. Everyone loves it and I serve it along with our Friday Night Pizzas!

 

Braided Pizza Loaf

Makes 1 Loaf

 

1 (13.8 ounce) refrigerated pizza dough

Pizza sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Sliced pepperoni

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Unroll pizza dough on a greased baking sheet or parchment paper

Spread pizza sauce down the middle of your dough

Add mozzarella cheese and pepperoni on top of sauce

Cut 1-inch diagonal strips up each side of the dough

Fold 1-inch strips up and over pizza filling, alternating sides to get a braided look

Brush the tops of the braided dough with olive oil and then sprinkle with the garlic powder, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown

Let cool for a few minutes then cut into slices and serve

 

Step by Step on how I braided the pizza

 

Roll out dough on parchment paper

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Add sauce to the center

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Add toppings

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Make triangle slits on side and work your way to bottom having equal braids

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Fold in top, bottom and sides to start

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Braid one half then turn around and braid the other half

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Dough is stretchy and will tuck around for you

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Season and bake

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Dill Pickle Pizza

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It’s Friday and in our house that means Pizza!  I had seen this pizza all over the internet and figured we should try it.  It was a good switch from our normal ones we have each week.

 

1 Homemade Easy Pizza Dough, New York Style Pizza Dough or store bought pizza crust

6-8 garlic cloves, chopped

3 tablespoons olive oil

Mozzarella cheese

Sliced dill pickles

Fresh or dried dill weed

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Place chopped garlic in a small bowl with olive oil

Let it set for a few minutes for the flavors to blend

Brush garlic-olive oil all over pizza crust

Top with cheese

Place pizza in oven and bake for 5 minutes

Remove from oven and top with sliced pickles

Return to oven for 8 minutes

Remove pizza and top with fresh or dried dill weed

Slice and enjoy

You can top your slice with ranch dressing but we enjoyed it more without

 

White Pizza Topping

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White Pizza Topping

White Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small yellow onion, diced

2 clove garlic, minced

1 cup heavy cream

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/4 teaspoon each dried or chopped fresh oregano and basil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

 

1 cup Mozzarella Cheese

Toppings of your choice

 

In a heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

Add the onion and sauté for 5 or 6 minutes, or until translucent.

Add the garlic and stir for 1 minute longer.

Add the cream, lower the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the cream thickens and reduces slightly.

Remove from the heat, stir in salt and pepper.

Let cool completely before using.

In a bowl, stir together the ricotta, salt, pepper, oregano and basil.

Spread the White Sauce over the surface of the dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border uncovered.

Spread or clump the ricotta mixture evenly over the White Sauce.

Top with Mozzarella Cheese and Toppings

New York-Style Pizza Dough

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New York-Style Pizza Dough

Makes 2 Pies

3 1/2 cups bread flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons table salt

1 teaspoon instant yeast

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup + 3 tablespoons room-temperature water (70°F)

 

Stir together all the ingredients into the bowl of an electric stand mixer until combined

If mixing with an electric mixer, fit it with the dough hook and mix on a low speed for 4 minutes, or until all the flour gathers to form a coarse ball

Let the dough rest for 5 minutes

Mix again on medium-low speed for an additional 4 minutes, or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl and sticks just a little to the bottom

If the dough is too soft and sticky to hold its shape, mix in more flour by the tablespoonful or if it is too stiff or dry, mix in more water by the tablespoonful

Immediately divide the dough into 2 equal pieces

Round each piece into a ball and brush or rub each ball with olive oil

Place each ball inside its own air tight container

Let the balls sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, then put them in the refrigerator overnight or freeze any pieces you will not be using the next day

The next day, remove the balls from the refrigerator to a warm place, 2 hours before you plan to roll them out to take off the chill and relax the gluten

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Spread dough into pans and top each pie with desired toppings

Place in oven and bake for 6 minutes

Turn pizzas for even baking, then bake for another 6 minutes

Enjoy!

Easy Pizza Dough

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It’s Friday and in our house that means we are having Pizza today!  This is a quick dough recipe that only takes about an hour.

 

Easy Pizza Dough

Makes 2 Pies

1 cup warm water

1 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast

2 teaspoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups flour, divided

2 tablespoons olive oil

 

Stir together the warm water, yeast, sugar, salt and 1 cup of flour in the bowl of an electric stand mixer on low speed until combined

Mix in the olive oil and another cup of flour

Add the last cup of flour

Increase the speed of the mixer to #2 and knead for about 8 minutes or until the dough forms into a soft ball

If the dough is too soft and sticky to hold its shape, mix in more flour by the tablespoonful or if it is too stiff or dry, mix in more water by the tablespoonful

Immediately divide the dough into 2 equal pieces

Round each piece into a ball and brush or rub each ball with olive oil

Place each ball inside its own air tight container

Let the dough stand in a warm place for 1 hour to rise or refrigerate

If you refrigerated the dough, let stand in a warm place, to take the chill off, for at least an hour to rise

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Spread dough into pans and top each pie with desired toppings

Place in oven and bake for 6 minutes

Turn pizzas for even baking, then bake for another 6 minutes

Enjoy!