Introduction: Twisted Pepperoni Pizza

For those of us who are pizza-dough-tossing challenged this is a fun and easy way to dress up pizza and make it taste as great as the real thing without getting covered in flour and ending up with pizza dough in our hair!!! How do they make it look so easy?!

The bottom is crispy and charred from the melted cheese and the top is nice and crunchy while the middle is still hot and chewy. The perfect combination for great pizza!

Step 1: Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough
1 - 1/4-ounce envelope dry active yeast
1 c. water
2 1/2-3 c. flour, plus more for dusting
1 t. salt
 Olive oil, for bowl

Dissolve yeast in warm water (105-115 degrees F) in a glass measuring cup and let stand for 5 minutes.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with hook attachment add yeast mixture and stir in 1 1/2 cups flour and the salt, mixing until smooth. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough comes away from bowl but is still sticky.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and continue kneading until dough is no longer sticky and is smooth.

Shape dough into a ball and transfer to a lightly oiled bowl; turn to coat. Cover with plastic, and let rise in a warm place until it doubles or place in a proofer and let rise 30-45 minutes.

Step 2: Stretch Dough and Top

Preheat a pizza stone in a 500 degree F. oven for one hour.

Divide dough into six equal pieces. Shred desired cheese and cut desired toppings into small pieces. This will make it easier once it's time to slice the dough. I just used pepperoni and cheeses for mine. Classic and easy!

On a lightly floured work surface stretch dough into a 10-12 inch long oval or rectangle (about 3-4 inches wide). You can use a rolling pin but I found it easy to just stretch the dough with my hands. If you get a hole just pinch in closed.

Spread pizza sauce on the dough and sprinkle with cheese and toppings.

Using a table knife make diagonal slices in the dough. Diagonal is very important. If you make them straight the toppings will fall out when you roll up the dough.

Step 3: Roll, Twist and Bake

Starting at one end of the dough start rolling it up until you have a long thin roll.

It's okay if pizza toppings are falling out.

Now, starting at one end of the roll start twisting it up like a snail mounding it as you roll. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough. Transfer all  to pizza stone.

Reduce heat to 400 degrees F and bake 10-15 minutes or until top is golden brown and you can hear the cheese sizzling.

Serve piping hot!

Comments

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michael63 (author)2013-09-17

All i can say is YUMMMMMYYY

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coolgirl55755 (author)2013-07-22

Wow this looks epic gotta try this

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wold630 (author)2013-02-05

Thanks, you too. Happy pizza making!

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farflungfloyd (author)2013-02-03

That. Looks. AWESOME. I will try it ASAP.

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wold630 (author)farflungfloyd2013-02-04

Share a pic once you've made some!

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skyisblu (author)2013-02-02

I really like the cinnamon bun rolling technique you've employed! Very fun!

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wold630 (author)skyisblu2013-02-04

Thank you - it's so simple!

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Lextone (author)2013-02-01

Hey congrats on being a finalist. Good luck!

Oh yeah, I am making your Twisted Pizza for the Superbowl on Sunday. Awesome idea!

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wold630 (author)Lextone2013-02-01

Yay! Congrats to you as well!

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mistyp (author)2013-02-01

Congrats on becoming a finalist! Good luck!

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wold630 (author)mistyp2013-02-01

Thanks and same to you.

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TheBrooklynRagazza (author)2013-01-29

Looks really delish!

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Thanks.

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wold630 (author)2013-01-29

I would say one twist equals more like two pieces of pizza but you could certainly make them as large or as small as you like!

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wold630 (author)2013-01-29

Much appreciated!

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mistyp (author)2013-01-28

Well that sounds very interesting! And the end product looks amazing! Thanks for posting it.

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wold630 (author)mistyp2013-01-28

Thanks for looking!

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Susan Cirigliano (author)2013-01-26

wowza yummy!!!!

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wold630 (author)Susan Cirigliano2013-01-26

Hey, thanks!

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-01-25

Awesome idea! Pizza is great, but I've never seen it look so pretty!

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wold630 (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-01-25

Thanks! I've always admired those who have the patience to make homemade pizza and who can properly toss the dough. I've never had any luck so I had to come up with something I could do myself!!!

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GorillazMiko (author)2013-01-25

This has to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

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wold630 (author)GorillazMiko2013-01-25

Thanks! You can jazz up your cinnamon rolls the same way!!

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