Pizza Monkey Bread

Oh Lordy, I made this one Sunday not too long ago, and before the day as out, we had eaten  half of it.

It is the perfect finger food to snack on while watching football or soccer, or just lounging around where everyone just wants to graze–like on New Year’s Day when I typically make a bunch of dips and appetizer type foods and just sit them out to snack on at will.

This is simple to make. It’s a yeast bread, similar to my pizza dough but not as sticky. The rest is just the usual things you put on a pizza. Pop it in the oven and then pop it from the pan and tear off in chunks.

So do give it a try. I can assure you it will be a hit.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Olive oil for the pan
  • 2 tsp of yeast or one packet
  • 1 c water, tepid
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 c of flour (as much as you need to get a nice firm dough)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pkg of pepperoni (you will probably not use it all–freeze the rest for the next time)
  • 1 lb of mozzarella, shredded
  • cooked sliced onions, mushrooms, green peppers, etc. (you can just microwave them to cook them if you wish)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In the bowl of your mixer, put the yeast, water and sugar, and whisk together. Add two cups of the flour and mix until combined. Cover the bowl of the mixer with a towel and leave for 20 minutes to let the gluten form.
  2. Add another cup of flour, mix and continue adding until the dough pulls away from the sides and the dough is workable by hand (meaning not too sticky). Turn the machine on high and let it knead for 5 minutes with the dough hook.
  3. Turn the dough out into a greased bowl, cover and let it sit in a warm place for a good hour.  Check at that point, turn the dough over on itself by scooping around the sides four turns. Cover and leave for another 30 minutes.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently roll it into a rectangle about 12 x 18 or so. Then cut into one inch strips and then cut the strips into one inch pieces.
  5. Oil a bundt pan or an angel food cake pan or frankly anything deep enough for two layers. Layer the bottom with 1/3 of the dough pieces. Place a layer of pepperoni, then any veggies you are using, and then half the mozzarella.
  6. Repeat with another layer of the dough, and then the pepperoni, the rest of the veggies, and the rest of the cheese.
  7. Cover with a final layer of dough.
  8. Place in a preheated 400° oven for 30-40 minutes or until knocking on the top sounds fairly hollow.
  9. Remove to a cooling rack and then invert onto a plate after about 20 minutes.

Serves: Well, once again it depends on how big a pig you are. It could serve about 8 with other sides. It could serve maybe 4 as the main dish.

NOTE: You can serve with a dipping sauce (marinara would be the choice, homemade preferred).

 

 

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