Grandpa's Pizza Bread Recipe

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My grandmother made this pan bread often but never wrote down the recipe. Eventually, my dad experimented until he came up with precise measurements. Our kids loves Grandpa's Pizza Bread.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:16-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Salt and coarsely ground pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 104 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 178 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add 4 teaspoons of oil, salt, remaining water and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Brush a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with 1 tablespoon oil. Press dough into pan. Brush with the remaining oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut in squares; serve warm, or at room temperature. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Grandpa's Pizza Bread in Best of Country Breads 2000, p71

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Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"My family loves this. It makes a very thick, light foccacia-like bread. I top it with pizza sauce and spices for a hearty meal."

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

"Yes, please...why is it called Pizza bread???!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2008

"why is it called pizza bread?"

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