Pizza bread is widely used in Italy as an alternative side dish. It is relatively easy to cook, but we are going to give you some tips to get it right.
To prepare the bread, just use your regular pizza dough. The only difference is that, when you measure the ingredients, you have to substitute about 1/5 of the water with olive oil.
Leave the dough to rise as usual. Once it’s ready to be stretched, use a wide baking tray, preferably the size of your oven, then cover it with baking paper. Roll out the dough with your hands and make sure it’s about 1cm thick.
Press your fingertips on the entire surface. Pour on a fairly generous amount of olive oil and carefully spread it with a pastry brush to cover the whole surface of the dough. Then season it with rock salt and rosemary.
Put the pizza bread in the oven, preheated at 250°, for about 25 minutes. Start by putting the tray as low as possible in the oven and then, for the last 10 minutes, place it on the middle shelf. When the top of the dough becomes golden with some brown parts here and there, then it’s ready.
How to Serve It
Pizza bread can be eaten hot or at room temperature. If you slice it in small parts, it will be a pleasant surprise for your guests, as they will be able to use it to complement their meal.
If your pizza is thick enough, you’ll be able to slice it through the middle and stuff it with cold cuts, such as salami and ham, or even cheese, rocket salad, and fresh tomatoes. You can try it with sauteed vegetables, such as broccoli or spinach or even with butter and salmon. Just unleash your creativity!
If you want to make the perfect party snack, stuff it with Nutella, just as you would do with crepes; kids will love it, and so will you.
Pizza bread can be kept in the freezer for as long as you like. Before you want to eat it, just leave it at room temperature for about an hour. If you prefer a faster defrost, you can put it back into the oven for about 10 minutes at 150°. Avoid the microwave, as it will make your bread chewy.