Frugal Pizza Bread
This is a budget friendly Frugal Pizza Bread. It is so affordable and tasty it can match most restaurant versions. I don’t know how you would describe it, but it is the most excellent bread I’ve had in a long time apart from my beloved sourdough. Maybe it was because it was just freshly baked and so soft even the day after.
I was not planning on making this at all. But don’t those recipes always turn out the best? However, when I got a glimpse of this recipe and I was instantly captured.
Looking at the recipe, I immediately thought of the Italian word for mopping up sauces with bread scarpetta. I can see this bread making a simple bowl of soup extra special.
Simple, and utterly affordable.
This was so handy as I had a lot of yeast in my cupboards, 7 packets to be exact. I am a colossal sourdough fan, so the yeast is always on standby. But, as I was conscious of how much yeast id managed to store up, I’ve been keeping an eye on recipes where I can easily use it different ways.
I’m not a huge fan of pizzas. But my kids love pizzas. Do we have pizza night every single week? YES we do! I absolutely adore bread, so this was a winner for the whole family.
A frugal top tip – I buy my flour in bulk, and I find it handy to make my breads at home because I always know what I’m feeding my family. Well, most of the time, I also think fresh bread is simpler now that I have my kitchen aid mixer.
Before we get into the recipe & ingredients, if you have fresh yeast please bear in mind that you can use fresh yeast for this. Use 20g fresh as its the equivalent to 7g of dried.
Frugal Pizza Bread Recipe
- Start off by preheating your oven to 200 Degrees
- Make the yeast mix by adding in your two tablespoons of flour, one teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of sugar, seven grams of dried yeast and mix into the 250mls of warm water. Its important the water is warm to activate the yeast. Mix it well in a bowl or a jug, then cover over with a towel for 10 mins to let the yeast work its magic.
- Next, start on the oil mix. This part is ideally done in a food processer, but can be done by hand too. Get a new bowl or your food processer, add in three cloves of crushed garlic, a handful of both parsley and chopped basil. If you are not using a food processor, make sure you finely chop the parsley and basil.
- Pour in 80mls of extra virgin olive oil and whizz up in your processor or incorporate manually.
- Now we are onto the dough. For this part, add the following ingredients to a bowl, flour, salt, water. the yeast mix.
- Mix well. I use my Stand mixer but this can be done by hand too.
- Mix on the medium level until flour forms into a dough and the bowl is clean.
- If you need to add more water, you can but be patient.
- Place the dough ball into a bowl and cover with cloth for 30 minutes to rise.
- After 30 minutes, roll your dough onto a floured surface with a rolling pin. We want the dough to be about an inch thick.
- Place it onto parchment paper
- Run a pizza cutter horizontally, and then vertically to cut the dough into squares.
- Then with a pastry brush, slather with the oil mix.
- You can then add sliced peppers, ham whatever you want liberally. The bread is the star of the show.
- Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
One teaspoon of salt
Two Tablespoons of flour
Half a teaspoon of sugar
250 ml of warm water
Seven grams of dried yeast.
The Oil mix
Three cloves of garlic crushed
A handful parsley chopped
A handful of basil chopped
80 ml of extra virgin olive oil
450g strong flour
½ teaspoon of salt
50 ml of water