Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Calzone That Almost Was

Or... "How I Made a Great Big Bread Stick."

Wednesday of last week, I decided that homemade bread stuffed with pizza toppings would be delicious for dinner. Due to my allergy, I would not be putting any cheese inside, but still I had hopes of a calzone-like dinner creation.

I took out a lump of homemade bread dough I had in the fridge, and added pizza sauce and pepperoni slices to the middle. I shaped the loaf, and generously sprinkled pizza seasoning on top.

Later, taking it out of the oven, it smelled delicious.

I found that some pepperoni had made its way to the surface out through the slashes I made in the top of the loaf, and had mostly burnt. The sauce seemed to have done the same thing.

I sliced into the loaf, still warm -- only to find that there was no pocket of goodness inside at all. Under the unusual crust, the bread was completely normal. I poured myself a small bowl of pizza sauce to dip it in, and enjoyed it for the large breadstick that it was. I guess I should have used more stuff? And put it nearer the bottom of the loaf?

In any case, I have now made up some pizza dough, so next time I have this type of craving, I can just make myself a proper pizza.

Here's hoping your kitchen creations are more successful than this!


Little Ol' Liz said...

Are you supposed to let calzone's rise a second time? The ones I've had seemed liked they had been rushed to the oven immediately after assembling.

Come to think of it, Old Chicago's Restaurant serves the sauce on the side so it doesn't presumably soak into the dough. At least yours wasn't soggy, right?!

StefRobrts said...

That's an interesting effect, it makes me want to try it just to see what happens!