Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pepperoni Calzone

So I mentioned the other day the super duper cute apron Brandy got me, here it is!

I just love it. And I felt inspired to bake so at around 2am or so I started making an apple pie.

It turned out really well! Then I decided to bake some more so today I made calzones again. Here's what that little process looks like.

Here's the recipe for you, as usual adapted from allrecipes.

Pepperoni Calzones

(makes 4 large calzones/8 servings)

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzerella
1/8 cup grated parmesan
1/2 cup sliced pepperoni
1 cup marinara sauce
1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
1 egg, beaten



1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water, let sit 10 minutes.
2. Add salt and 1 tablespoon oil. Mix in 1 cup of the flour until smooth. Gradually stir in the rest of the flour, until dough is smooth and workable.
3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes, or until it is elastic. Lay dough in a bowl containing 1 teaspoon olive oil, then flip the dough, cover and let rise for 40 minutes, or until almost doubled. While dough is rising, make filling.


1. Combine the ricotta cheese, mozzerella, oregano and basil leaves in a large bowl.
2. Mix well, cover bowl and refrigerate to chill.

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. When dough is ready, punch it down and separate it into 4 equal parts. Roll parts out into thin circles on a lightly floured surface.
3. Spoon a layer of marinara (you can use store-bought, I won't judge) onto the entirety of each circle, leaving about a 1/2 inch margin at the edge. Reserve the remainder of the marinara for dipping later. Fill 1/2 of each circle with 1/4 of the filling. Add a double layer of pepperoni on top of the filling, sprinkle a bit of parmesan on top of the pepperoni. Brush a bit of the beaten egg onto the naked 1/2 inch edge of each calzone.
4. Fold over, securing edges of calzone by pressing with a fork. Brush the top of each calzone with egg and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Serve hot.

Why the cute new apron baking? Because I just started watching Mad Men (yeah, I know I'm officially the last person in the world not to have seen it) and I'm completely addicted and love it. I don't know how they made 50's/60's fashion look super cute but they certainly managed.


  1. If you ever have kids, you're going to be the best mom.


  2. That's so sweet, thank you! Hopefully not for awhile longer yet, but I can't wait to be a mom!

  3. Did you make a P-zone??


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