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An easy and delicious bread, which is packed with all the deliciousness of a pepperoni pizza. It's made in the bread machine and everyone will love it.

45 people made this

IngredientsMakes: 1 loaf

  • 300ml milk
  • 20g butter, softened
  • 90g grated Cheddar cheese
  • 450g sliced pepperoni
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (7g) sachet dried active baking yeast
  • 480g bread flour

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:3hr ›Ready in:3hr15min

  1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Select the Bread/Light Crust cycle and press Start.


It can also be made in the oven: let the dough rise in a lightly greased bowl for 30 minutes to an hour. Knead it down and allow to rise again. After allowing the dough to rise the second time, roll it out and cover with sliced pepperoni and more grated cheddar. Pinch the ends and allow to rise in the tin. Bake at 180 degrees C.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(45)

Reviews in English (36)

by janis

getting ready to make this sure it will be yummy But just want to let you all know who don't. Be sure to wait and add the pepperoni and cheese, etc on your machine's last knead; otherwise, it will chew up the meat and other add ins to nothing.-26 Jun 2006


I loved the bread and so did my husband, the only problem was i have a 1 and half pound machine and the top caved in while baking. The flavor is great and i would recomend it to anyone. Great Bread-30 Apr 2000

For the dough

  • 400g/14oz self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7g fast-action dried yeast
  • 300ml/10fl oz warm water

For the topping

  • 4 tbsp sriracha sauce (or any chilli or tomato sauce)
  • 8 cheese slices (any cheese of your choice)
  • 80g/2¾oz thinly sliced pepperoni, about 16 slices
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing

Pepperoni Pizza Bread

Here’s an easy bread that will make any pepperoni lover happy. Easy to throw together and easy to eat the whole loaf!


  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¾ cups Milk
  • ½ cups Shredded Parmesan Cheese, Divided
  • 1-½ cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 cup Quartered Pepperoni Slices, About 32 Slices
  • ¾ cups Your Favorite Marinara Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a small bread pan measuring 9x5x2 3/4 inches with nonstick cooking spray.

Place flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper into the bowl of a stand or electric mixer mix to combine. Slowly add in eggs, oil, milk, half of the Parmesan, mozzarella and pepperoni until just combined. Pour half of the batter into the prepared bread pan. Top evenly with marinara sauce then pour the remaining batter over the sauce. Top with Italian seasoning and the remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes clean from the center. Let cool for 30 minutes before removing from the pan. Slice and serve warm or room temperature.

Can you really make pizza in a bread bowl?

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TikTok’s latest controversial food hack is a pizza bread bowl recipe — but what does it actually taste like?

To find out, we decided to whip up the carb-loaded recipe ourselves. Thankfully, we have the perfect gadget to do it: this rotary cheese grater from EvoSummer.

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This little gadget can pump out cheese at what feels like an illegally fast speed, which is why it’s the perfect tool to help us tackle a recipe that’s about 50 percent mozzarella.

So what is the pizza bread bowl recipe, exactly? The dish, which seems to have been created by TikToker Anna Rothfuss, seems like a classic internet food prank — designed to spark more reactions than actual recipes.

Most of the other posts on Rothfuss’s account seem to be jokes, but as it turns out, she may have stumbled onto something here. While her recipe sparked outrage from some commenters, others followed with genuine curiosity.

That’s why we knew we had to make the dish ourselves. This bizarre, cheesy, bread-filled monstrosity is just to fascinating to ignore — so we made one at home and taste-tested it. To find out what happened, watch the video above or keep reading.

How to make pizza in a bread bowl

You’ll only need a few ingredients to make this bizarre food creation:

  • A loaf of sourdough bread
  • Several sticks of string cheese
  • Pizza sauce
  • A block of mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni, or any toppings you want

First, slice the bread vertically and horizontally over the top, creating long, deep divots in the loaf. Then, cut up three sticks of string cheese and stuff them into the loaf.

Next, pour on a healthy serving of pizza sauce and use a cheese grater to grind your mozzarella over the bread. Lastly, stuff any toppings you want into the loaf before baking.

Lastly, cook the entire thing in an oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Now, all you have to do is mentally prepare yourself to try this

Is the pizza bread bowl recipe gross or genius?

When ITK video producer Poppy Shen tried the pizza bread bowl recipe, she decided to compare it to a standard pepperoni pizza. She judged both options — the bread bowl version and the “normal” version — on three factors: difficulty, presentation and taste.

Tragically, the pizza bread bowl lost out in all three categories. It was a little harder to make than regular, freezer aisle pizza, and on top of that, the end product looked as weird as you’d imagine.

As far as taste went, you can’t really go wrong with bread and cheese. Still, Poppy thought the bread bowl was lacking a bit when it came to overall flavor — it tasted more like separate ingredients than a single, uniform dish.

So is the pizza bread bowl at least edible? Totally. Is it better than real pizza? Absolutely not. Should you try making it? We don’t feel comfortable answering that.

Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread

The Super Bowl is right around the corner, and this Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread is sure to be a hit with everyone at your party, kids and grown-ups alike.

My family absolutely devoured it! In fact, they love it so much, sometimes I make it for dinner with a green salad and I never have leftovers, or complaints about what’s for dinner.

I love that this pizza bread is so easy to put together, and my kids love helping me stuff all the pizza toppings into the bread. Just make sure when you’re making your cuts, you don’t quite go all the way through your loaf.

You want the bread to be stuffable, but still all in one piece. If you do accidentally lop of a bit of bread, just wrap it up in the foil with everything else.

We tend to stick to a pepperoni only version of this bread (to appease any picky eaters) but the possibilities for other pizza “stuffings” are endless.

Cooked Italian sausage is fabulous, as are mushrooms, peppers and olives. I find it works best to saute any vegetables beforehand. You could even make a plain old cheese version of this recipe for your vegetarian friends.

Don’t be shy about shoving the toppings down into the cut bread–you can fit a lot more in there than you think! If you have a fairly sturdy loaf of bread, it shouldn’t be a problem.

If you can find the mini pepperonis, they work great in this recipe. Don’t forget to serve your pizza bread with some warm marinara on the side for dipping.

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4 cups cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
8 large eggs
2 cups half and half
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 pound stale artisanal bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
8 ounces fresh milk mozzarella, diced
3 ounces pepperoni, ½-inch dice
3/4 cup freshly grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Freshly ground black pepper


Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Toss together and season with salt. Spread the tomatoes in a single layer and roast in the oven until the tomatoes are soft and most of the liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes..

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, basil, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes. Set aside. Add the bread and let sit 5 minutes.

With the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, oil a 2 1/2-qt. baking dish. Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, pepperoni and half of the Grana Padano to the egg and bread mixture. Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining Grana Padano onto the top and bake until the strata has set and is golden on top, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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This is the recipe you need if you have a craving for pizza but don’t want to mess around making pizza dough and sauce. All the classic flavors of a pepperoni pizza are stuffed into this easy quick bread, including mozzarella, pepperoni, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Special equipment: You will need a metal 9-by-5-inch loaf pan for this recipe. Loaf pans can be purchased at most cooking supply stores and at many large grocery stores.

Game plan: You can also use this recipe to bake savory muffins instead of bread—just use a standard 12-well muffin pan. Coat the wells generously with olive oil and bake the muffins at 350°F until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes, then remove them from the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.

This recipe was featured as part of our 5 Savory Quick Breads for Fall Baking.

Tips for Eggs

Eggs should keep a consistent and low temperature. This is best achieved by placing their carton in the center of your fridge. The eggs should also remain in their original packaging to avoid the absorption of strong odors.

It is wise to follow the “best by” date to determine overall freshness, but eggs can be tested by simply dropping them into a bowl of water. Older eggs will float while fresh eggs will sink. This is due to the size of their air cells, which gradually increase over time.

Cooked eggs have a refrigerator shelf life of no more than four days, while hard-boiled eggs, peeled or unpeeled, are safe to consume up to one week after they’re prepared.

The beauty of an egg is its versatility. Eggs can be cooked in a variety of ways. Here are some tips in accomplishing the four most common preparations.

Scrambled: Whip your eggs in a bowl. The consistency of your scrambled eggs is a personal preference, though it seems like the majority of breakfast connoisseurs enjoy a more runny and fluffy option. In this case, add about ¼ cup of milk for every four eggs. This will help to thin the mix. Feel free to also season with salt and pepper (or stir in cream cheese for added decadence). Grease a skillet with butter over medium heat and pour in the egg mixture. As the eggs begin to cook, begin to pull and fold the eggs with a spatula until it forms curds. Do not stir constantly. Once the egg is cooked to your liking, remove from heat and serve.

Hard-boiled: Fill a pot that covers your eggs by about two inches. Remove the eggs and bring the water to a boil. Once the water begins to boil, carefully drop in the eggs and leave them for 10-12 minutes. For easy peeling, give the eggs an immediate ice bath after the cooking time is completed. For soft-boiled eggs, follow the same process, but cut the cooking time in half.

Poached: Add a dash of vinegar to a pan filled with steadily simmering water. Crack eggs individually into a dish or small cup. With a spatula, create a gentle whirlpool in the pan. Slowly add the egg, whites first, into the water and allow to cook for three minutes. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and immediately transfer to kitchen paper to drain the water.

Sunny Side Up/Over Easy/Medium/Hard: For each of these preparations, you are cracking an egg directly into a greased frying pan. For sunny side up, no flipping is involved. Simply allow the edges to fry until they’re golden brown. To achieve an over easy egg, flip a sunny side up egg and cook until a thin film appears over the yolk. The yolk should still be runny upon serving. An over medium egg is flipped, fried, and cooked longer until the yolk is still slightly runny. An over hard is cooked until the yolk is hard.

Eggs can easily be frozen, but instructions vary based on the egg’s physical state. As a general rule, uncooked eggs in their shells should not be frozen. They must be cracked first and have their contents frozen.

Uncooked whole eggs: The eggs must be removed from their shells, blended, and poured into containers that can seal tightly.

Uncooked egg whites: The same process as whole eggs, but you can freeze whites in ice cube trays before transferring them to an airtight container. This speeds up the thawing process and can help with measuring.

Uncooked yolks: Egg yolks alone can turn extremely gelatinous if frozen. For use in savory dishes, add ⅛ teaspoon of salt per four egg yolks. Substitute the salt for sugar for use in sweet dishes and/or desserts.

Cooked eggs: Scrambled eggs are fine to freeze, but it is advised to not freeze cooked egg whites. They become too watery and rubbery if not mixed with the yolk.

Hard-boiled eggs: As mentioned above, it is best to not freeze hard-boiled eggs because cooked whites become watery and rubbery when frozen.


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