Pizza Braid [UPDATED]Published 11:29am Monday, December 26, 2011 Updated 11:29am Monday, December 26, 2011
My girls love pizza; and I get tired of it quickly. My daughter thought it might be fun to try this Pizza Braid just to mix it up a bit. It was fun and easy to make. Next time, I will give everyone their own section of the dough and let them put their own selection of ingredients inside and braid their own section. I like lots of vegetables and everyone else likes the meat! Individual sections means that everyone can pick their own favorite ingredients and it gets everyone involved in making dinner!
1 package refrigerated pizza dough
1 jar pizza sauce
2 cups grated cheese (cheddar or Colby jack or pizza cheese blend)
Pizza ingredients of your choice – ground beef, pepperoni, olives, onions, sausage, peppers, etc.
1 egg beat with 1 tbls of water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
On a cutting board lightly floured; roll out the pizza dough into a rectangle, with even sides, to the crust depth of your liking. Move the rectangle to a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
Using a sharp knife, lightly score the dough into three sections running the length of the rectangle, so you have a grid to guide you. Then on each side, cut dough into ¾-1 inch sections to the middle section.
On the uncut middle section; place your desired amount of pizza sauce; then the toppings of your choice, and top with the cheese.
Starting on one end; pick up the first cut section and pull over the toppings; then the other side over that section until you have all toppings covered with a braid of dough. I found that when I got to the other end; I didn’t need the sections; and cut them and put around the end where I started to cover the ingredients completely.
Using the beat egg and water; brush the egg over the top of the braid.
Put in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes until the pasty is browned. Remove and cut into pieces for serving.