The wonderful people at Susan G Komen – Bake 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Serving suggestion: Slice into large cubes and serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
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.
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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.