I enjoy family recipes passed down from generation to generation. Pepperoni Bread is another family recipe from my grandmother’s kitchen that we all loved when we were kids.
She always used sliced pimento cheese to make this, but today I have a hard time finding pimento cheese, so you can really use any cheese that you like (slices or shredded).
This bread is really easy to make, and makes a great snack or serve it with a nice salad before your main dish.
Okay let’s make some dough first; here is how you do it.
· 5 to 6 cups of all purpose flour
· 3 tbs. of Crisco or light olive oil
· 2 packages of dry yeast
· 2 ¼ cups of warm water (Not too Hot)
· 1 tsp. of salt· 1 tsp of sugar (optional)
1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water
2. While you’re waiting add the flour, oil, salt and sugar to a large bowl
3. Add the water and yeast to the bowl and begin to mix. (I hope you washed your hand first)
4. Knead until the dough is smooth and forms a ball, cover the bowl with a cloth and let this rise for about one hour.
This dough recipe will make at least 3 Pepperoni Breads.
I use my Kitchen Aid Stand mixer it makes the job real easy. Just add everything and attach the dough hook, mix on low speed until dough forms a ball.
· 1 or 2 eggs
· 1 package of sliced pepperoni (7oz. will make more than one)
· A package of sliced pimento cheese cut into 1/2 inch stripes
· A Sprinkle of paprika.
- Crack the egg in a bowl, and beat the egg until mixed. Set this aside for later
- Spread the dough in a pizza pan (you don't have to go all the way to edges)
- Brush the dough lightly with the beaten egg
- On of the dough place your slices of pepperoni, and cheese (not too much, just enough to cover)
- Fold the dough over 3 or 4 times, until you have a loaf.
- Be sure to pinch the ends of the loaf and the seam to minimize the ingredients from running out.
- Lightly brush the top of the loaf with the beaten egg
- Sprinkle some paprika on the top of the loaf.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes (until golden brown)