Pepperoni Bread – Bake for the Cure

Well folks it’s week #2 (and almost the end of it at that) of the Susan G KomenBake for the Cure contest. This week I decided to make a savory item and a sweet item like last week.

The wonderful people at Susan G KomenBake for the Cure sent us a great cookbook full of wonderful recipes. We are supposed to make one of theirs each week with our own little twist. This week I decided on the Pepperoni Batter Bread.

First came prep.

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Then came marriage… just kidding.

Then came dissolving the Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast in 1 and 1/4 cup of really warm water for 5 minutes.

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Once the 5 minutes are up (which pass by pretty quickly because it’s kind of fun watching yeast dissolve and the smell that comes up from it is just scrumptious), add in the sugar, salt, butter, flour, red pepper flakes (my added twist), and oregano.

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Beat on medium for about 2 minutes until you have a wet batter. The batter should almost be a cake batter consistency at this point.

Once the batter is combined, add in the additional flour, pepperoni, and 4 italian cheese blend (yet another change from the original, which only called for provolone cheese). Then stir this all together. Pour into a 2-quart casserole dish and let rise for about an hour.

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Ok, let me just stop here and tell you that I was literally JUMPING FOR JOY when seeing that the dough actually rose. If you recall, back to my tries at making Cinnamon (no raisins) Bread, I could NEVER get the stinken dough to rise and it drove me nuts. Totally took a short toll on my baking confidence. However, when seeing that this dough had risen, confidence was restored and all was right in the Pint-Size Baker bread-making world again!

After the dough doubles in size, it’s time to bake in the oven at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes, but WAIT! Here’s another little added touch for ya: I decided to layer the extra pepperoni and cheese on top of the dough to make a sort of foccaccia feel.

The final product came out just delicious and beautiful!

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Serving suggestion: Slice into large cubes and serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

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This bread is HUGE, so it would be a perfect appetizer for a small party or tailgate.

Going along with the HUGE theme, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month around the world. Yes, around the world, not just in the United States are people coming together to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer. If you’re interested in getting involved, the Susan G Komen website has MANY options: GET INVOLVED.

Breast Cancer touches so many people’s lives. Do you have a story? Or perhaps a loved one who has battled with breast cancer? Feel free to share in the comments section. The more we talk about it, the greater the awareness will become.

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Ingredients:

1 envelope Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast

1 and 1/4 cup warm water (100 – 110 degrees F)

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon melted butter

2 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 c finely chopped pepperoni (plus extra whole pepperoni slices for layering on top of bread)

1 cup shredded 4-italian cheese (plus extra for layering on top of bread)

DISSOLVE yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add sugar, salt, oregano, red pepper flakes, butter and 2 cups of the flour. Beat two minutes on medium speed with electric mixer.

STIR in remaining 3/4 cup flour, pepperoni and cheese to make stiff batter. Spoon into greased 1.5-2 quart round casserole dish. Cover.

LET RISE in warm, draft-free area about an hour or until doubled in size. (I let sit for 1 hr and 15 min). Layer remaining pepperoni and cheese on top.

BAKE in preheated 375 degree oven for 35-40 min or until done. Remove from casserole dish and cool on wire rack.

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48 Responses to Pepperoni Bread – Bake for the Cure

  1. Jason says:

    YUMM!! This is my favorite so far! I will have to try it.

  2. Steve says:

    Yum…Yum Can we have this for Super Bowl Party…with a little EVOO

  3. Meredith says:

    First! Yay! Looks delicious… but then again, nothing you bake DOESN’T look delicious!

  4. Meredith says:

    Dang…I was so not first.

  5. Rebecca Price says:

    Perfect for this weekend in the moutains! Thanks Ash!!

  6. Jessica says:

    YUMMMMMYYYY! This is a MUST try…… looks like i’m headed to the store for ingredients.

  7. Nicole Marie Lowe says:

    I love the superbowl party idea!

  8. Keri Allen says:

    Wow, this looks and sounds great. I can’t wait to try it. You may be “pint sized” but you have enormous gifts. Thanks for what you are doing.
    God Bless,
    Keri

  9. Roxycafe says:

    You just keep out-doing yourself Pint-Size Baker !!!

  10. Janet says:

    Delicious! Makes me want pizza for dinner tonight!

  11. KKoons says:

    Can’t wait to see if the “smell that comes up from it is just scrumptious.” As for breast cancer, I have know afew people that because of BCA month have checked and spotted sites. Thankfully they caught it soon! Make sure you all check and remind others to as well!!

  12. Oh !!!!! I am do hangry now!! That is perfect for a day like today!!!!!

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  14. Mark says:

    I do enjoy the pizza theme lately!!

  15. Lee Rice says:

    Can you make some for me????

  16. Mark says:

    I hope you saved me some!!!!!!

  17. Amanda says:

    That looks amazing. I might have to try this!

  18. James Walden says:

    Interesting. Looks like it could be an excellent appetizer; or even an afternoon snack.

  19. Alan says:

    looks delicious, can’t wait to try it. Be great after making snow angels

  20. lauren says:

    oh yum- perfect for my freakish pepperoni cravings!!

  21. Looks like a winner to me!!

  22. Cynthia Studdard says:

    OMGosh that looks AMAZING. I’m going to try it immediately.

  23. Sheila says:

    Hi, Ashley – I’m a childhood friend of MB. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to connect with you and post on your lovely blog. Not only does this bread look fantastic, but it’s for such a wonderful cause. I wished I could bake – my hubby does as well! All the best to you, and I’ll definitely be back to visit. Good luck! Sheila Correia

  24. couturiette says:

    definitely with EVOO….

  25. Bre says:

    Sounds soo good, and looks great! Send me some ;)

  26. Rachel says:

    What a wonderful idea im going to bake this for my halloween party!

  27. Stephanie says:

    I may have to make this for my Halloween party, I needed appetizer ideas! Thanks. Looks amazing!

  28. Miss Carly says:

    This may be my fav so far, I love pizza and pepperoni and bread, nom nom nom.

  29. I’ve never tried making bread myself…seems to complicated for me. Kudos on your success, it looks scrumptious!

  30. Megan Vannoy says:

    Looks so good! I’m always looking for more savory ideas for fondue! We got a fondue set as a wedding present and have only tried sweet things…pepperoni bread and pizza dipping sauce sounds delicious. Good work!

  31. Sarah says:

    Wow! This looks amazing!

  32. Angela says:

    I will have to try this one! Pepperoni and cheese are my boyfriend’s favorite foods!!! Just kidding, but seriously… :)

  33. Melissa says:

    Holy Cow! Looks amazing! I feel like we need to add pizza somewhere in your “Pint Size Baker” title… how bout Pint Size Pizza Baker? All of your recipes look amazing, but I especially love the ones with pizza theme! YUM!!

  34. Stephanie T says:

    Yummy! With a little marinara for dipping, looks like this would be a great party companion. :)

  35. dennis dotson says:

    Feed me!!!!!

  36. Becky says:

    LOOKS DELICIOUS ASHLEY! I’d love this recipe.

  37. Brad says:

    Looks great. I am in line for your bakery already…

  38. Angie says:

    You made this look so easy! I can’t wait to try it….I was looking for a new appetizer for my teenager’s birthday party on Saturday and this will be perfect!

  39. Angela says:

    Definitely a great “after snow angel” treat! I love anything pizza-y and this is a must-try!

  40. tammi says:

    looks delicious. cant wait to try it.

  41. Edite says:

    Yummy! Looks like an afternoon football watching treat.

  42. Betty Fowler says:

    I am going to have to try this. What a good idea for an appetizer.
    Angie is my niece if you are wandering who I am. Keep up the good work.
    I live alone so I don’t bake and cook like I used to.

  43. missie says:

    Sounds sooo good!!! Can’t wait to try it!! I love homemade caramels.

  44. Scott says:

    That looks like something I could actually make and not screw it up! Thanks!!

  45. Patrick says:

    Thanks for posting the recipe–I’m definitely asking Meredith to make this one!

  46. Melissa says:

    Well, tried the recipe, and it’s even more delicious than it sounded! If that’s even possible! YUM!!! Served with pizza sauce! Delish!

  47. David says:

    YUM!!

  48. DEL says:

    I love pepperoni.

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