EASY HOMEMADE CALZONES

April 8, 2019

They’re not really that different than pizzas. But I don’t want to hear that! There’s a certain delight of calzones that even if they’re reduced down to just a pizza folded in half, they’re a delicious and magnificent pizza folded in half.

I sometimes buy storebought frozen pizza dough, but it is REALLY just hard for that to be good. Long term frozen dough at the grocer is probably always going to be a bit tough.

Below I included a pizza dough recipe that is VERY easy and I do it with my kids. It makes such a difference from the freezer section kind.

Easy Homemade Calzones
Makes six calzones

1 and 3/4 cups warm water
2 and 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
4 cups bread flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
14 ounces pizza sauce
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 cup pepperoni, diced
Olive oil

Pour yeast into warm water and let stand for 5 minutes. Add oil to water. Stir together flour and salt in a stand mixer. Slowly incorporate yeast water into flour. Remove dough from mixer and knead for 5 minutes. Roll dough into a ball and place in a oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Divide dough into six evenly-sized balls.

On a floured surface, roll dough into a circle, about 9 inches in diameter. Spread sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni (or any other toppings) onto the center of the dough.

Fold dough in half and press edges to seal. Brush calzones with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes.

EASY HOMEMADE CALZONES
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 and ¾ cups warm water
  • 2 and ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 14 ounces pizza sauce
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 1 cup pepperoni, diced
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Pour yeast into warm water and let stand for 5 minutes. Add oil to water. Stir together flour and salt in a stand mixer. Slowly incorporate yeast water into flour. Remove dough from mixer and knead for 5 minutes. Roll dough into a ball and place in a oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Divide dough into six evenly-sized balls.
  3. On a floured surface, roll dough into a circle, about 9 inches in diameter. Spread sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni (or any other toppings) onto the center of the dough.
  4. Fold dough in half and press edges to seal. Brush calzones with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes.

 

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