Pizza Pretzels

Pizza Dough:

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 package quick-rising yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2-2/3 cup hot water (120-130°F)

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Italian Seasonings, optional (I used about 1 tablespooon)


Combine flour, yeast, salt, seasonings and sugar in the bowl. Combine hot water and oil in a measuring cup. Gradually pour in enough of the hot liquid until the mixture forms a sticky ball. If you are one of those lucky people with a Kitchen Aide, use that.  I used my bread machine and just put the setting on "dough" to knead the it. The dough should be quite soft. If it seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water; if too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour. Continue mixing until the dough forms a ball, then knead for 1 minute.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl.  Spray the top of the dough with cooking spray, cover and let the dough rest for 10 to 20 minutes.


Filling:

shredded mozzarella cheese 

shredded parmesan cheese

 pepperoni slices

chopped mushrooms

chopped olives

whatever your family likes =)


1 egg slightly beaten

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning



Preheat oven to 400ºF. 


Cut the prepared pizza dough into 4 equal pieces and roll each out into a rectangle.


 Scatter the cheese and toppings over the dough. Brush the one of the long sides with a little egg wash then, starting with the opposite side, roll the dough up into a log, enclosing the toppings inside. Shape the log into a pretzel and transfer to a baking sheet.


Brush the top of the pizza pretzel with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. 


Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.