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.


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.