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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pizza Bread

  I happened to see this recipe being made by my favorite arabic show on Abudhabi channel, where chef Manal made this bread with a pizza filling inside. Since I didnt quite understand her measurements ( which were in arabic) I used a regular milk rolls recipe , rolled it up filled with my boys favorite topping and then rolled it up like swiss roll, turned in into a doughnut like load, sprinkled with more cheese and baked. It turned out delicious!! Its great as mini little doughnut shapes which I made  for my son to take to school for lunch.

Before I  start let me tell you something my 6 year old son said.  Few days ago they were showing the live telecast of Miss World 2013 and while flipping through channels just to see what was on I happened to flip on to one that was broadcasting it. My eldest son ,who is 6, happened to walk by and goes , whats that? And I said that is Miss world pageant and explained they were going to choose the most beautiful and smartest girl  to become the Miss world and he goes " why do they have to be beautiful to be smart?!?!. " I have to say I felt a bit taken back and also quite happy to hear it coming from a 6 year old, hopefully when he grows up he would go after girls for whats in the inside  and and not just go for the looks.

Recipe: Pizza bread inspired by a similar recipe seen on Manaal Al Alam on Abudabi tv.

Dough ( recipe adapted from Hamlyn Complete Cook )
150ml milk
25g butter
1 1/2 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp  sugar
275g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 small egg, beaten lightly

Filling : 
2 tbsp pesto ( home made or store bought)
2-3 tbsp tomato paste 
1 small can of beef or chicken luncheon meat ( or use deli bought salami slices )
1/2 cup grated mild chedder cheese

1 egg beaten

Make the dough by placing the milk and butter in small saucepan and simmer over a gentle heat till butter melts. Cool , about 15 minutes.

Pour the milk and butter mix into a measuring jug or bowl and stir in sugar and yeast. Set a side for 10 minutes for the yeast to  "wake up', and bloom on the surface of the milk.

Sift flour in to bowl and sprinkle with salt. Make well in the center and pour the  yeast mixture along with the beaten egg. Mix well till a ball is formed , then sprinkle flour on your work bench and knead the dough till the dough is smooth and springs back when you press on it with your finger ( have to work it out for a good 15 minutes or so). Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover the bowl with cling film and then a clean kitchen towel and leave to rise and double in size in a warm place.  For me it took about 3 hours as its quite hot these days. 

While the dough is rising, prepare your filling, slice the luncheon meat thinly  if using the canned ones,  I like to brown in a little to bring out the extra flavour  on a hot dry frying pan, but dont do that to deli bought salami. Mix the pesto and tomato paste, add a little chilli sauce for little extra kick. ( you can pizza sauce or a regular pasta sauce too or even my sneaky tomato sauce)

Preheat your oven to Gas mark 4. Once the dough has risen and doubled in size, punch it down. , roll it out on  floured surface into large rectangle. Spread with the sauce ( the pesto/ tomato mix) make sure you leave a 1 inch border free of sauce. 

Lay your salami or luncheon meat slices. Then sprinkle the cheese but leave a handful aside and sprinkle the rest. 

Roll it up like you would do for a swiss roll, brush the end  with  egg and press close.

 Take the two ends , bring them together and tuck the ends together as if you are tucking your bed covers, and you have a nice little   round bread like this. 

Cover it with a clean kitchen cloth and leave to rise for another 30 minutes. Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the left over handful of cheese on top and bake till golden . I like to take it out and wrap in a clean kitchen towel till its time to eat, it kept it nice and soft.  
Cut into slices and enjoy!!!


  1. Such a beautiful bread, wonderful job..Makes me hungry.

  2. Nice and tasty looking bread...I like the idea of having the pizza filling in it.
    Hope you are having a great week Nammi :D

  3. Smart idea to have pizza in a roll. I love pesto and use it for many things.


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