A cross between pizza and a sandwich, this Pepperoni Pizza Bundtwich is packed with flavor! It’s the perfect gameday appetizer!
“Oh my God, Becky, look at her
butt bundt.” I like big bundts, and I cannot lie. In fact, back when I was first starting this blog, I toyed with the idea of starting an online bakery. I was going to specialize entirely in bundt cakes. Big bundts, small bundts, vanilla bundts, chocolate bundts…everything was gonna be bundt. However, after looking into the logistics, I decided to pass on the idea.
Challenges included figuring out how to mail bundts so that they (1) arrived in one piece and (2) didn’t taste a day or two old. I also needed to have our kitchen inspected by the state healthy department, and I heard they frowned heavily on having dogs in the house. That meant I’d have to find a community kitchen that I could rent. I mean I get it, but still. The logistics got to be too much, so I put my bundts on the back burner.
I still love a good bundt cake, and I have no fewer than 6 different shapes of bundt pans. I thought I had seen it all…until I came across the bundtwich! The say-what-wich? Yup, bundtwich. Basically you take 2 batches of pizza dough and bake it up in a bundt pan. The result is a huge piece of pizza dough in the shape of a bundt. Then just slice that thing open and fill it with your favorite pizza toppings. I love bundts. I love pizza. This was a match made in heaven!
Pepperoni Pizza Bundtwich – Cross between a pizza & a sandwich!
The bundtwich is a unique and fun way to serve pizza to a group of friends. We love football playoff season (and the Super Bowl, of course), and I use the games as an excuse to make pizza and hang out with friends. This year I’m stepping up my game a bit and making this Pepperoni Pizza Bundtwich. Truthfully speaking, it’s really not difficult to make this bundtwich. Just bake the dough up and let it cool. Then slice it in half and go to town filling it with your favorite pizza toppings.
The secret to a good bundtwich is to pull out the extra dough after it’s baked. I know, I know. Pulling that dough out felt wrong to me. I guess I could’ve saved it to make bread crumbs, but I just fed a little bit to Ethel, our chihuahua pup who loves bread, and the rest got discarded. But this will create a nice pocket where you can layer in your toppings. Secret #2? Use the cheese like glue! If you just layer a bunch of toppings in there without cheese, then it’s sure to fall apart once you put the 2 halves back together. Instead, layer the toppings with melted cheese so that the cheese helps hold everything in.
I went with the classic Pepperoni Pizza Bundtwich here, but the sky is the limit. If you can make a pizza with it, then you can make a bundtwich with it! You could use a good pepperjack cheese with taco meat for a Taco Bundtwich. Or what about cubed ham, bacon and pineapple? Yum! Or perhaps cooked chicken, bacon and ranch dressing for a Chicken Bacon Ranch Bundtwich – I know that would be a huge hit in our house! Buffalo Chicken Bundtwich? Sure, why not! (In fact, don’t be surprised if you see some of these other flavors pop up here on the blog in the future!)
In the meantime, enjoy this Pepperoni Pizza Bundtwich! It’s a tasty twist on the classic, and it’s the perfect sports-watching appetizer. Cheers!
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Pepperoni Pizza Bundtwich
- 32 oz. prepared pizza dough homemade or store-bought
- 1½ Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp Italian seasonings
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 12 oz. sliced pepperoni
- 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
- 8 oz. shredded provolone cheese
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnishing
- On a well-floured surface, roll pizza dough into an 8”x20” rectangle. Starting with one edge, roll dough into a tight log.
- Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with non-stick baking spray. Transfer dough into pan, pinching 2 ends together so that dough creates a ring in the bottom of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rest in a warm spot for 45 minutes, or until approximately doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Using a small dish, whisk together olive oil, Italian seasonings, kosher salt and garlic powder. Brush this mixture evenly on top of pizza dough.
- Bake dough for 28-34 minutes or until top is golden brown in color.
- Let cool for 10 minutes in pan and then transfer to a cooling rack until completely cool.
- Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Slice bread in half horizontally and place cut-side up on prepared sheet pan. Carefully tear out center portion of dough, leaving about ¾” shell.
- Layer pepperoni into top half of the bread. Layer mozzarella on top of the pepperoni.
- Spread pizza sauce evenly onto bottom half of the bread. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly on top of sauce. Layer provolone cheese on top.
- Bake at 375°F for 12-15 minutes, or until cheese has completely melted.
- Remove from oven and carefully place top portion of bread on top of the bottom portion.
- Garnish top of bundtwich with additional Parmesan cheese. Slice into wedges to serve.