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Italian Pepperoni Bread

Fresh pepperoni bread is one of my staple recipes I make for gatherings, Holidays or weekends. Pepperoni bread has its roots in Italian-American immigrants in West Virginia. It is a hardy bread that can be taken for lunch and has protein in it. Growing up in Pittsburgh this bread was everywhere, especially for the Holidays.

This bread can be made into rolls as well. If you are making rolls, the original quantity will make 4 rolls.

What toppings to add? The classic is just cheese and pepperoni. However, you can add any additional toppings you like! My favorite is with hot pepperoncini! In this recipe we add Virginia ham which gives a nod to the origins of this delicious bread.

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Prep Time: 30 30 mins Cook Time: 25 25 mins Rest Time: 10 10 mins Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 4
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

Spicy Italian pepperoni and ham bread. 

  • 250 grams Caputo Tipo 00 Flour
  • 170 grams Water
  • 9 grams Salt
  • 5 grams Active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 pound Pepperoni (Sandwich cut)
  • 1/4 pound Virgina ham (optional)
  1. Mix the dough

    Combine the flour, water, salt and yeast in a bowl. Knead for 10 minutes or until elastic.

  2. Resting the dough

    After kneading, lightly dust the a bowl with flour. Fold the into a bowl ,tucking in the bottom into it self. Let rest in the bowl covered for an hour or until doubled in size. 

  3. Roll out the dough

    Dust your work surface generously with semolina flour (or all purpose). Remove the dough from the bowl and dust both sides with flour. Roll the dough into a rectangle 16" x 12". 

  4. Layer the toppings

    Sprinkle the cheese over the dough, leaving 1/2" from the edges. Top with pepperoni, hamd and any other toppings. 

    See gallery for more pictures.
  5. Roll the bread

    Lightly wet the edges of the dough to help to seal. Starting from the side closest to you, gently roll.

    Cover and let rest another hour.

  6. Season and Score the dough

    Drizzle the bread with olive oil then season with garlic powder and oregano. Make 3 slashes in the top to help the steam escape. 

  7. Bake the bread

    Place the bread in a preheated 475 degree oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until browned. Start checking if it is done after 15 minutes. 

    Cooking time will vary based on your oven and how thin the crust is.
  8. Let cool and slice

    Let the bread cool for a minimum of 10 minutes before cutting.