Pizza Bread Loaf is pepperoni, dried tomatoes and parmesan in a craveable taste explosion. It’s a meal on its own or dip in tomato soup and serve with a crisp salad.
This is the perfect appetizer for your next Italian meal. It’s a savory bread with all the things you love about pizza. Toast it with garlic butter for garlic toast.
- Harvest too many cherry tomatoes?
- Making Your Own Dried Tomatoes
- Using a Food Dehydrator
- More Bread Machine recipes
Imagine a toasted salami sandwich on a bread that already has the delicious flavors of pizza. Or, grilled cheese! The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
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Harvest too many cherry tomatoes?
I don’t know what it is about cherry tomatoes in the garden. It seems like they never stop producing. This recipe was developed because of large harvests.
There are only so many cherry tomatoes we can eat. They’re delicious. But, they’re still growing!
Making Your Own Dried Tomatoes
I dried about one pound cherry tomatoes for this recipe. It made a little over ½ cup of dried tomatoes. If you don’t have your own cherry tomatoes, you can buy them from the store and do the same thing.
Wash all your tomatoes and allow to air dry. For best results, cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
Toss the pieces with two or three tablespoons of olive oil and 1 or 2 teaspoons Bragg Organic Sprinkle.
Have you tried making your own spice blends? Meggan of Culinary Hill has a recipe for Italian seasoning here, if you would like to give it a try.
If you don’t have a bread machine, have a look at this Cuisinart Bread Machine that we use. We’ve had it since 2013 and it still works great. (This is an affiliate link, by the way. If you click it and buy, I may get a little something something from them at no extra cost to you.)
For more information, check out our Cuisinart Bread Maker Recipes.
Using a Food Dehydrator
It will take about 6-12 hours to dehydrate fully, depending on your humidity. Check them every 2 to 4 hours and turn them, as necessary.
Because the cherry tomatoes are small, once they’re dehydrated, they end up being about the size of a couple of raisins. I like to use the mesh screen on the trays so that they don’t fall through.
Once the tomatoes are dehydrated, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. If you don’t plan on using them in 5-7 days, you will want to store the dehydrated tomatoes in the freezer.
Look in the salad section of your grocery store for dried tomatoes as well. I’ve seen packages of them in the same section as salad croutons.
Using Dried Tomatoes
You might notice that this pizza bread loaf has a unique color. That’s not photoshop. It’s the actual color of the bread.
Before you add the ingredients to the bread machine, it’s necessary to prep the tomatoes in olive oil. This darkens the oil which gives the bread this darker yellow coloring.
You would achieve the same result from sun dried tomatoes. Try to strain out the amount of tomatoes needed then use the required amount of oil, directly from the jar.
More Bread Machine recipes
I like to use the bread machine (aka bread maker) about once or twice a week. You can check out all my bread machine recipes here. Or, maybe try one of my favorites.
Pizza Bread Loaf with PepperoniTap to leave a star rating
For more information, be sure to check the recipe details in the attached 24Bite® post.
- Bread Machine, if using Bread Machine instructions (Cuisinart Bread Maker 2 Pound used)
- Standing Mixer with dough attachment, if using Standing Mixer instructions
- Standard Loaf Pan 9 x 5", if using oven for baking
- 2 ounces Dried Cherry Tomatoes, chopped, about ½ cup (see post for more information)
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 cup Water, warm, 105-115℉, to activate yeast
- 2 ¼ teaspoons Yeast, equal to one standard packet
- 2 tablespoons Sugar
- 3 ½ cups Bread Flour
- 2 tablespoons Milk Powder
- 2 ounces Parmesan Cheese, shredded, about ½ cup after shredding
- 2 ounces Pepperoni, chopped, about ½ cup after chopping
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Vegetable oil, optional, if making by hand or mixer
- Cooking Spray, like Pam, optional for any use other than baking in bread machine
- If using plain dried tomatoes, heat them in a pan with olive oil over low-medium heat for about 10 minutes. Do not allow the oil to get too hot. You are simply giving a little hydration to the tomatoes and flavoring the oil. Set aside to allow to cool.
- Proof the yeast: In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, stir together water, yeast and sugar until mixed well. Set aside.
- After 10-15 minutes, check the yeast to see that it has a nice foam layer to ensure the yeast is viable. If there is no foam layer, check your yeast. It may be expired and you'll need to try again.
- Add yeast mixture to bread pan in bread machine.
- With a slotted spoon, remove tomatoes from oil (set the oil aside). Chop the tomatoes into smaller pieces then add to bread pan. Measure out 1 ½ tablespoons of tomato flavored oil and add to bread machine. If there isn't enough, add additional olive oil to bring it up to measurement. If there is too much, save it to be used in something else later.
- Add bread flour, milk powder, parmesan cheese, pepperoni and salt to bread pan.
- Set bread machine to bake, light or dark loaf as desired. Or, alternatively, if you prefer a standard size loaf, set to dough only.
- If making dough only, once bread machine is finished, remove dough ball and place in loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with towel and allow to rise about 20-25 minutes then proceed to baking in the oven, as below.
- Preheat oven to 375℉. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. It should sound hollow when tapped on the top.
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