Pizza dough is one of the best doughs to use when you want to get creative. Whether you make your dough from scratch or buy it pre-made at the store, it can be used in recipes for your breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
There are numerous recipes for you to take your pizza dough and create many marvelous bread products, including a loaf of bread.
Turning Pizza Dough into a Loaf of Bread
To begin making a loaf of bread out of pizza dough, you will take your pizza dough and place it on a lightly floured surface and then proceed to:
- Roll it over to create a loaf-like shaped dough. Continue rolling it over on itself to remove all the air bubbles.
- As you are rolling the dough over, begin shaping it into a longer shaped dough to resemble a loaf
- Each time you turn the dough make sure and close off the bottom of the loaf to remove the air
- Continue rolling and removing the air until you have the size and shape of loaf you want to be baked into bread
- Set the loaf out on the cupboard, uncovered, overnight or for ten to thirteen hours to rise
- After it has doubled in size, place onto a baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 15 minutes
- If lightly browned and makes a hollow sound when you tap on the top your dough has become an airy, light loaf of bread
Pizza dough also makes an incredibly tasty fry bread. Using your pizza dough, slice it into appropriate-sized fry bread pieces, deep-fry according to your fry bread recipe, and serve buttered with honey.
You can also serve with a cinnamon-sugar mixture for an extra sweet treat
Will Bread Made From Pizza Dough Taste the Same as White Bread?
The difference between your white bread dough and your pizza dough is the development of gluten. Gluten found in your flour creates long protein strands in bread dough, which line up as you knead your dough.
This process gives your white bread dough a more elastic texture and keeps it together as you stretch it. If you pull or stretch your white bread dough, you will notice it breaks quite easily; much easier than pizza dough.
If you place your white bread dough into the refrigerator for a few days, this dough will come out pliable, elastic, and stretchy just like pizza dough.
In regards to the flavor of pizza dough when it becomes a loaf of bread all depends on the dough you use to make pizza. Some cooks start their pizza from frozen bread dough, so this absolutely would taste the same.
There are a lot of variations in pizza dough, though, so the flavor of your bread when using pizza dough to make a loaf of bread will all depend on the recipes you use.
Optional Recipes for Pizza Dough
There are a lot of recipes for you to use in creating new tastes from your pizza dough.
These are a few ideas you may want to give a try:
1. Crackers From Pizza Dough
Crackers are a great snack to create from leftover pizza dough, or even if you’re going to take a whole batch of dough and bake a sheet full of tasty crackers.
You begin by rolling your dough super thin, and then make fork punctures into it. Brush the top with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt or another seasoning you like.
Bake the sheet of rolled thin dough at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. When done, cool completely, and break into crackers or bite-sized pieces.
2. Dinner rolls
Pizza dough can become an excellent choice of a dinner roll. Cut your dough and form pieces into small ball shapes about the size of an apricot.
Put the small balls on a lightly oiled baking sheet and allow them to rise for about forty minutes. Before baking lightly brush the balls with melted butter or olive oil.
Sprinkle each ball with sea salt and bake them in a 400-degree oven for about twenty minutes or until light golden brown.
3. Pita Bread
Pita bread and pizza dough recipes are very much the same. The key factor in making pita bread at home though is making sure you use a really hot pan.
The homemade version of pita bread is unlike any you will find in stores. Watching as they puff up to incredible heights will increase your pleasure of creating a great bread in your home.
Once you have created your pizza dough or opened your store-bought container, sprinkle some flour lightly on a flat surface. Roll the dough out and knead it for about seven minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic-like.
Place it back into a bowl, oil the top, and allow it to double in size as it rises.
Once the rise is complete, divide the ball into eight pieces. Flatten each piece into a thick disk shape. Lightly flour your rolling pin and roll each piece into 8 to 9-inch wide circles about a quarter-inch thick.
They can be baked in an oven at 450 degrees for about 3 minutes until puffy. If you choose to do it on the stovetop, a cast-iron skillet works best on high heat for about 30 seconds on each side until puffy.
4. Italian Breadsticks
Pizza dough can become thin crispy breadsticks easily and quickly.
Roll your dough into long skinny sticks. Lightly coat each with olive oil. Bake the sticks at 400 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Doughnuts Made From Pizza Dough
Using pizza dough to create a breakfast doughnut will give you a bit more dense product than a regular doughnut. You divide your pizza dough into small sections and roll into small doughnut-hole shapes.
You can also cut the dough into rings. The shape and size is a personal preference.
Not everyone makes their own pizza dough, though it is one of the easier doughs to make. The ingredients are water, yeast, salt, salt, and flour and can be mixed in no time.
But, for some, it is much easier to add to the grocery list and pick up a pre-made dough with other items.
Whichever way you decide to go with your pizza dough with just a little creativity and a switch of a few ingredients, you can turn your pizza dough into fabulous tasting variations of bread products.