There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked pepperoni rolls wafting through my kitchen. Every time I whip up a batch, my family and friends seem to come out of the woodwork with their mouths watering and their eyes twinkling in anticipation. It’s like magic, I tell you!
Call me a foodie if you must, but I’ve perfected my pepperoni roll recipe to ensure absolute tastiness, and lemme tell ya, these bad boys are the bee’s knees. They’re not just some run-of-the-mill store-bought nonsense. No, sirree! I’m all about fresh, healthy ingredients and that homemade touch.
The magic starts with finding top-notch pepperoni – the star of the show after all – and you’d think they’re a dime a dozen, but trust me, it’s worth splurging for the good stuff. Taste and quality are paramount, my friend! I like to get mine from the local butcher, ensuring some fantastic flavor.
Now, digging my hands into that lovely dough is just a hands-on delight! The rich smell of yeast and the heavenly transformation that happens when it all comes together makes me feel like a culinary sorceress. My kitchen turns into an enchanted dough playground!
Honestly, there’s something incredibly satisfying about shaping those scrumptious, puff-puff-puffed rolls into perfect pockets of goodness. I can hardly wait to slather them with my homemade pizza sauce and lay down a generous layer of mozzarella to bring about a match made in heaven.
Now, before you know it, it’s time to pop those babies into the oven. Once they’re in, the only thing left to do is watch and drool – I’m on pins and needles as I wait for them to transform.
As the whole house fills with the mouthwatering aroma, it’s nearly impossible to resist the urge to dive in the moment those puppies hit the cooling rack. But holding off for just a minute (although it feels like a lifetime!) so they don’t burn your tongue is essential, and it’s worth waiting for them to be just right.
And, oh boy! The first bite – that’s when the real party starts. The ooey-gooey, cheesy, pepperoni goodness melts all our worries away, and for a moment, life is, quite simply, perfect. Those pepperoni rolls truly do put a smile on everyone’s face and bring us all together – who knew food could have such power?
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 1/2 cups sliced pepperoni
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, active dry yeast, sugar, and salt.
- Slowly add warm water to the dry ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.
- Drizzle olive oil over the dough, then cover the bowl with a clean towel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm area for about an hour, or until it doubles in size.
- Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lightly flour a work surface, then turn out the risen dough onto it. Gently knead the dough and roll it out into a large rectangle, roughly the size of your baking sheet.
- Spread pizza sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edges. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices onto the sauce, covering the entire surface.
- Roll the dough tightly into a log, beginning with a long edge, pinching the seam to seal.
- Using a knife, slice the log into 2-inch wide rolls.
- Arrange the rolls onto the prepared baking sheet, ensuring they are spaced evenly apart.
- Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown and the cheese has melted.
- Allow the pepperoni rolls to cool for a few minutes on a wire rack before digging in. Enjoy!
That was fresh!