Don't fall apart over pull apart bread

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Food column by Becca Owsley

By Becca Owsley

Looks can be deceiving, especially online

There’s something a little dangerous about finding recipes online. In a cookbook, there’s isn’t always a picture to look at so there’s no disappointment when your recipe doesn’t look as glamorous as expected.

But when you find recipes online, especially on Pinterest, you can feel let down when the final result doesn’t look glorious.

What some people don’t realize is that a lot of time and effort is taken to make those photos look great. We don’t always have a great backdrop, beautiful lighting or a nice camera in our kitchens to make our recipes look fabulous.

Many of the recipe posters are professional cooks or bloggers who have these things that help make their dishes look beautiful. Now, there are others who just make great looking food that would look wonderful anywhere. But there are others that take great pains in making them look photo ready.

Enter today’s recipe, Easy Pull Apart Pizza Bread. It’s not going to look as glamorous as recipes that can be found online.

This recipe tasted great but wasn’t quite as pretty as I expected.

The first problem happened when I found that my Bundt pan was missing. Thinking back I may have ruined it a while back and thrown it away. Which means I need to put a Bundt pan on my grocery list post haste.

A 9x13 pan can be used as well, it just gives a different shape to the dish.

You can use the parsley flakes suggested in the recipe or replace them with some Italian seasonings for more flavor.

Another problem I ran into was the biscuits. I would recommend adding them to the mixture last. The longer the biscuits are out of the refrigerator the softer and stickier they become. They become difficult to mix in with the other ingredients. The recipe author said many people have told her they prefer refrigerated pizza dough for this recipe which might work a little better.

The finished product doesn’t exactly pop right out of the pan either. The cheese sticks to the sides of a pan, even a well sprayed one. Using a better grade non-stick pan may help but I had to serve mine in the pan because it wouldn’t come out without a mess.

But even with these problems the dish smelled delicious when baking and tasted great out of the oven, even if I forgot to serve it with pizza sauce.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.


Easy Pull Apart Pizza Bread

2 cans of pizza dough or biscuits
2 cups mozzarella cheese (or your favorite cheese)
2 tablespoons of parsley flakes
1/3 cup olive oil
1 8-ounce package of pepperoni
1 cup Parmesan cheese
Optional: Add a 1/2 teaspoon of fresh garlic or garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut pizza dough or biscuits into quarters.

Cut the pepperoni into smaller pieces.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and toss so that the oil is spread evenly on each piece of dough

Bake for about 30 minutes (or until the top is brown and the center is thoroughly cooked)

TIP: Be sure to check it in the middle before you pull it out. If the middle is still not cooked thoroughly be sure to leave it in another five minutes at a time until it’s done.

Flip over on to a plate while it’s still hot.

Serve with a side sauce and enjoy.

Recipe from www.sweetandsimpleliving.com