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homemade pepperoni pizza twists with sauce

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

Kid-friendly pepperoni pizza twists made with homemade pizza dough
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Dough Rising Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Stand mixer
  • Rolling pin
  • large cookie sheet

Ingredients
  

Pizza Dough

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dry active yeast
  • 8 oz warm water 110* F
  • 1 tbsp oil vegetable, olive, or canola work well

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

  • 72 slices pepperoni
  • 2-3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

Instructions
 

Pizza Dough

  • Add flour, salt, sugar, and yeast to a stand mixer fitted with dough hook.
  • Turn mixer on low and slowly add warm water and oil.
  • Knead until dough pulls away from bowl and forms a ball. Dough should be soft and slightly sticky, but still able to be handled easily.
  • Let rise for 45 minutes in greased bowl or until doubled in size.

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

  • Preheat the oven to 425*F (400 for dark coated pans) and prepare your baking pan with non-stick spray or a silicone baking mat.
  • After dough has risen, cut the dough in half and roll one half out on a floured surface or pastry mat to 24” x 8”. It doesn’t need to be exact, but this will help you cut the twists into approximately 2” x 4” strips.
  • Spread out an even layer of cheese, followed by toppings, then more cheese on half of the long side of the dough. You don’t want to fill the twists too full or the toppings will all fall out.
  • Fold over the top side (empty half) of the dough to cover the toppings and pinch the dough together gently. Cut 12 strips, approximately 2 inches wide each, with a pizza cutter.
  • Gently lift a strip and twist while holding one end in place. Set on the prepared baking sheet. Toppings will fall out. Do your best to tuck them in the twist.
  • Repeat the twisting step with remaining strips then repeat the whole process with the other half of the dough. You should have 24 twists.
  • Mix together the melted butter and Italian season and brush over twists.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with warm pizza sauce or marinara.
Keyword kid friendly, pizza