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Braided Pizza Bread Recipe

Braided Pizza Bread Recipe with step by step photos.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Radhika

Ingredients

  • All purpose flour – 1-1/2 cups
  • Instant dry yeast – 2-1/4 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Milk – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 1/4 cup
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp

For the stuffing:

  • Onion – 1
  • Tomato – 1
  • Bell pepper – 1
  • Corn kernels – 1 handful
  • Italian seasoning – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli flakes – 1 tsp
  • Kasuri methi – 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Pizza cheese – 1 cup
  • Tomato sauce / pizza sauce – 1/4 cup
  • Salt – 2 pinch
  • Oil – 1 tsp

For the Garlic oil:

  • Garlic cloves – 2
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp

Instructions

For the Garlic Oil:

  • Crush the garlic cloves. Warm the oil in a sauce pan or microwave and drop the garlic in the oil. Leave it undisturbed until use for the flavor of the garlic to seep into the oil.

For the Dough:

  • Place the flour, salt, sugar and instant yeast in a bowl and mix with your finger tips.
  • Heat water and milk together to lukewarm temperature (115 Deg F approx).
  • Pour this over the flour mixture and make a smooth dough.
  • The dough will be sticky, add oil and work it into the dough by kneading for 5-7 mins. It will be springy to the touch.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl. Smear oil all over dough and cover it with a damp cloth. Let it rest for 1 hour to double in size.

For the Vegetable Stuffing:

  • Cube the onion and bell pepper, scoop the seeds from the tomatoes and cube them as well.
  • Heat a pan with oil. When hot add the onions and sauté for a minute. Add corn kernels, tomatoes, bell pepper and sauté over high flame for 1 minute.
  • Take off stove, let it cool. Sprinkle 2 pinch salt, mix well and keep aside.

How to make Braided Pizza Bread:

  • After 1 hour, punch the doubled up dough to let the air out and knead for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Dust a clean work area with flour and with the help of a rolling pin roll the dough into a circle first.
  • Cut either an aluminium foil or parchment paper into a rectangle.
  • Place the rolled dough and with the help of your fingers work into a rectangle. Smear oil all over the surface.
  • Leaving 2 inch gap all around edges, apply tomato or pizza sauce and sprinkle red chilli flakes over it.
  • Grate cheese over the chilli flakes to cover the entire sauce. Stack the sautéed vegetables over the sauce and cheese.
  • Sprinkle the red chilli flakes, kasuri methi (optional), Italian seasoning.
  • Once again grate cheese all over to cover the vegetables.
  • With the help a sharp knife of pizza cutter cut ribbons starting from vegetable end towards the tip.
  • Cut the strips on both the sides and start bringing the ends from the end to middle with one end over lapping the other.
  • Brush all over the surface with the garlic oil. Close with a wrap and let it once again rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven at 200 deg C.
  • Grate cheese all over the braids and sprinkle little Italian seasoning.
  • Lift the butter paper and place it on a pan in which you are going to bake. Trim away extra parchment paper.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes till the top is golden brown.
  • Take the pan out and cut into slices.
  • Serve this braided pizza bread hot with tomato ketchup.