Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread

January 2, 2013 · 13 comments

Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread | Baking Serendipity

There’s a trap between Christmas and New Year’s. It involves pajama pants way past the morning hours, leftover pie…for dinner (no shame) and tv on dvd marathons.

This week of zero alarm clocks-zero health food-zero responsibility is definitely a trap I fell into.

And it’s okay because I needed this time to actually be ready for the new year.

After a lot of days of lazy, wearing jeans was major. And, I feel all sorts of good things about 2013 simply because I managed to put glitter on my nails and mascara on my face on new year’s eve. Also…I drank champagne at midnight that tasted delicious.

Normal routines feel better after they’re destroyed for a little while.

I hope this fact inspires you in 2013.

I also hope there’s pepperoni bread in your new year. Because even if your resolution involves vegetables…this just needs to happen.

Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread | Baking Serendipity

This pepperoni bread starts as a simple ball of pizza dough. It comes together with a stand mixer, and does it’s yeast-rise thing in the refrigerator. As homemade dough goes…it’s dang simple.

After the dough is rolled out, it’s cut into squares, brushed with butter and seasoned with garlic powder. Then! Dough and mozzarella cheese and pepperoni are layered and stacked in a loaf pan.

Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread | Baking Serendipity

After it bakes, this bread pulls apart into bite sized pieces. It’s a simple, heavy appetizer. I can never get enough of these sorts of recipes.

I shared this bread with friends at the end of 2012. And…I see a lot more of this happening in 2013.

PS: I’m also excited for a new year with YOU! I’m so glad you’re up in my kitchen business, and cannot wait to create and share in the months to come. Thank you for being here with me. xoxo.

Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread

Dough
1 cup wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon yeast
1 cup warm (110°F) water
2 tablespoons olive oil

Combine flours, sugar, salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Measure and heat water. (You can measure water directly from the tap. It should feel hot to the touch, but not warm enough that you can’t keep your hand in it.) With mixer on low speed, add water and olive oil. Mix (using a dough hook) for 9 minutes. Within 1-2 minutes, the dough should form a loose ball. (If this isn’t happening, and the dough is too wet, add more flour. If it’s too dry, add a splash more water. With either adaptation, use minimal flour/water and give it a few minutes to absorb before reassessing.)

Form dough into a smooth ball. Place on a dinner plate sprayed with non-stick spray, spray the top of the dough and cover with saran wrap. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before transferring to the refrigerator. Let rise in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or up to 2-3 days.

Pull Apart Bread
1 dough ball (above)
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 cups pepperoni
2-3 cups mozzarella cheese, ideally sliced from a block

Divide dough in half and roll out into two 9×13″ rectangles. (I like dealing with the dough in two batches. It makes things more manageable.) Cut each rectangle into 10 squares (20 total). Spread butter on the top of each square and sprinkle with garlic powder.

Grease an 8″ bread pan and turn it on its end (so it’s standing up tall.) Begin layering dough, pepperoni and cheese. Right the bread pan (as it would normally sit) and give it a little shake to spread the layers evenly. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 40 minutes. Serve warm, with marinara sauce for dipping.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Autumn@Good Eats Girl January 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Oh, goodness! This looks amazing! I am adding this to my list of must make!

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Ari @ Ari's Menu January 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Ummm can you move back to Arizona and make this for all of my parties foreverandever? Please? ;)

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Emily @ Life on Food January 3, 2013 at 6:18 am

It is like stuffed bread and pizza all at once with no stuffing involved. I would be calling this dinner.

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Simply Life January 3, 2013 at 8:32 am

ugh, I’ve made pull-apart bread before and I’m pretty sure it’s the best thing ever. This looks like a great way to start 2013!

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Dad January 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

Can you stop by one of these January weekends and make this for the NFL Playoffs ?
No need to call out for pizza !

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

Happy New Year! My Husband would go bonkers over this bread! I love it! I have yet made a pull apart bread, but plan on it soon! Nothing beats fresh homemade bread! Girl, I get you about the holidays! I wore mostly sweats and a t-shirt, unless I was going out! I love lazy days!

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Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings January 3, 2013 at 10:10 am

I’m drooling– this looks awesome!!

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Alexis AKA MOM January 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

THIS looks fab! I will have to make for my boys :) thanks so much!

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes January 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

OK wow…I have no words! This looks so amazing! My resolution definitely does not involve more veggies so I am good with this :)

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction January 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

This needs to happen soon! Looks like a perfect way to welcome in the new year!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I have never made pull apart bread before. Always been on my list, love this pepperoni version!

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Oh man, YES. I need this in my life. STAT. I love how you said jeans were major last week. So totally true!

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Heidi @ Food Doodles January 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Yum! Best idea for pull apart bread :D I gotta try this, I think my hubby and kids will love it!

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