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Braided Pizza Bread

Braided Pizza Bread

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40-45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8-10 1x


Start with tomato sauce and pesto inside this braided pizza bread, and then you can also add your favorite pizza toppings to customize it.


  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil plus more for bowl and brushing dough
  • 11/2 cups bread flour plus more for work surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cups tomato sauce plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup pesto plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Tomato sauce and pesto for serving


  1. In a small bowl, combine the water, yeast, sugar and olive oil. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the flours and salt. Add the yeast mixture and process until a ball of dough forms. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in volume, about 2 hours or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Roll the dough into a 12-inch by 15-inch rectangle on a sheet of parchment paper Spread the tomato sauce lengthwise in center of the dough leaving a 5-inch border on either side. Spread on the pesto and sprinkle on the cheese. Using a pizza wheel, cut the dough into angled strips about 1-1/2-inches wide. Start at one end and fold each strip over the filling alternating sides.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the Parmesan, thyme and garlic powder. Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle the Parmesan mixture on top. Transfer the braid on the parchment paper to a sheet pan.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until puffed up and golden brown. Serve with tomato and pesto.