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"Pizza Babka" is as Good as it Sounds

April 21, 2016

When we posted this GIF of Erin's yeasted Rhubarb Swirl Bread on Instagram, you left a lot of great suggestions in the comments: mini-loaves, Nutella and cardamom filling, pizza loaf...

Hold up.

Pizza loaf?!

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“We've been making what we've always called "Pizza Bread" since the late 70's. And when you make it into mini-loaves, the slices make serving at a cocktail party super easy. :)”
— ChefJune
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Our brains had been stranded in Dessert Land, but when we tried your suggestion, we got a bready, lofty pizza "babka," with a crisp crust and bites of sauce and cheese in every bite.

Use a firm pizza dough that's easy to work with (Jim Lahey's no-knead dough is great, but too wet for these purposes) and a thick sauce—cook it down, and strain it if you need to.

As for shaping the loaf, you can form it the same way you'd shape the Rhubarb Swirl Loaf—make a long log, then slice it lengthwise to expose the filling, and make an X-shape—or take a more traditional twist: Fold the long log in half, then twirl the two legs around one another, keeping all the filling on the inside.

Depending on the shaping technique you use, you'll need one or two loaf pans and baking times may vary—be sure to make until the internal temperature reads 185° F (start checking after 35 minutes) and to let the loaf cool completely in the pan. (You can always warm it up again later—griddled slices of pizza bread would be excellent.)

And pizza loaf is just the start. All of the suggestions for stuffing a loaf of bread—pesto, feta, za'atar, caramelized onions, tapenade, sun-dried tomatoes—apply here, too.

How would you incorporate your favorite pizza toppings into loaf-form? Tell us in the comments!

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5 Comments

Pisanella April 25, 2016
Looks a bit similar to choricou pao we eat in Portugal.
 
LULULAND April 24, 2016
YUM! can't wait to get started, how fun!
 
I_Fortuna April 24, 2016
No knead dough works fine for this recipe. All you do is knead it a bit once it has had time to rise until it toughens up. Just knead it and spread it out (or roll it) and instead of letting it rise again, just fill and roll it. <br />I love this recipe, it is a great idea for supper. Pepperoni is a must! : )
 
Rhonda April 24, 2016
Where do you add the cheese in this recipe?
 
ChefJune April 21, 2016
<br />We've been making what we've always called "Pizza Bread" since the late 70's. And when you make it into mini-loaves, the slices make serving at a cocktail party super easy. :)