Our easy braided pizza loaf recipe with refrigerated pizza dough is just that, easy pizza bread that is totally delicious. No need to over complicate it, just whip it up and enjoy it as a budget-friendly recipe for dinner or as an appetizer.
For this Pillsbury pizza crust recipe we start it out with pepperonis, but don’t let that stop you from making this how you’d like it. Truly, the possibilities are endless!
That is also the nice this about our braided pizza loaf with pizza dough, you can make it fit into your personal preferences. If you don’t like pepperoni’s no big deal, just leave them off and fill it with your go-to pizza toppings.
Pizza is obviously a favorite meal to serve, so if you want to mix it up a bit, try out our homemade pizza hut original deep dish pizza recipe, homemade pizza pockets, or chicken cordon bleu french bread pizza recipe. They are wonderfully tasty, and are always a crowd pleaser.
Ingredients You Need to For Our Easy Braided Pizza Loaf Recipe (with Refrigerated Pizza Dough):
- Refrigerated pizza dough
- Pizza sauce
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Sliced pepperoni
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Italian seasoning
- Grated Parmesan cheese
How To Make Our Easy Braided Pizza Loaf Recipe (with Refrigerated Pizza Dough):
When you are ready to make this easy braided pizza loaf, start by getting the oven super hot and preheating it to 400 degrees.
Then, unroll the refrigerated pizza dough on a greased baking sheet until you have it all spread out.
Now pour the sauce down the inside of the dough leaving about 2 inches on each side to make the slits.
Next, add the mozzarella cheese, pepperoni slices, and any other toppings you’d like on top of the pizza sauce.
Then take a pizza cut and make about a 1 ½ – 2 inch long diagonal cut into the dough.
Move down the dough about an inch and do the same thing until you reach the end of the dough.
When you are done with one side, do the same to the other, trying to keep the same amount of slices on each side.
Once each side has all of the diagonal slices cut, take the first 1inch strip and pull it up and over top of the filling and pull it slightly down.
Then go to the opposite side and again, pull the slice of dough up over the filling and slightly down, creating a “v” shape over top of the filling.
Continue this pattern, alternating sides every time until you reach the end of the dough creating a braided look to the dough.
The very last pieces can get tucked underneith the dough to seal it in.
When you are done braiding the dough, brush the top of the dough with olive oil and then sprinkle the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and grated parmesan cheese on top.
Once that is all done, place the pan in the oven and bake the braided pizza loaf for 15-20 minutes or until the loaf becomes a nice golden brown.
Then remove the pan from the oven, let it cool for a few minutes, then slice it with a pizza cutter and serve!
To Make This Easy Pizza Bread Recipe You Will Need:
- Baking sheet
- Pizza wheel/cutter (THIS one works wonderfully!)
- Pastry brush
What’s the Difference Between Pizza Dough and Bread Dough?
For some, you might not have known there is a difference between pizza dough and bread dough, and that is completely okay!
Honestly, there is not a lot of difference when it comes down to the ingredients that go into making the dough. It has more to do with the amount of the ingredients. Baking Kneeds has a wonderfully detailed answer to the differences between bread dough and pizza dough that you can check out for a great answer!
How Do You Stretch Store Bought Pizza Dough?
Generally, dough will stretch best when it is at room temperature. So, if you are looking for a thinner crust, pull the dough out about 45-60 minutes before you need it so the dough will stretch better without breaking.
Then you can hold onto the dough, turning it like a steering wheel. As you turn it it will begin to stretch out even more. Continue turning the dough until you reach your desired thinness.
However, for this recipe, no stretching is required! Just open the can of refrigerated dough, roll it out, and you are ready to go!
Related Recipe: Try our EASY Homemade Pan Pizza Crust!
What Else Can You Make With Store Bought Pizza Dough?
For more fun ideas on how to use pizza dough, take a look at these scrumptious recipes:
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Great Recipes to Serve with This Braided Pizza Loaf Recipe:
- Homemade Pizza Factory Breadsticks Recipe
- Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks Recipe
- Winger’s Sticky Fingers Copycat Recipe
- Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe
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Braided Pizza Loaf Recipe
- 13.8 ounces pizza dough refrigerated
- ½ cup pizza sauce
- 1 ½ cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 3 ounces sliced pepperoni
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Unroll pizza dough on a greased baking sheet.
- Spread pizza sauce down the middle of your dough.
- Add Mozzarella cheese and pepperoni on top of sauce.
- Cut 1-inch diagonal strips up each side of the dough.
- Fold 1-inch strips up and over pizza filling, alternating sides to get a braided look.
- Brush the tops of the braided dough with olive oil and then sprinkle with the garlic, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Let cool for a few minutes then cut into slices and serve.
- Baking Sheet
- Pizza Cutter
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