Weekend Cooking: Pizza Party Buns

Most of the time my email box is full of things to delete. But there are some emails I look forward to, like those from King Arthur Flour filled with recipe suggestions. Last weekend there was one about pizza riffs. And a recipe for their pizza party buns.

I wasn’t planning a party but I thought that these would make for great school lunches!

My 7yo is in second grade and my 5yo is in afternoon kindergarten so both of them need a quick and easy lunch.

Pizza Party Buns to the rescue! You can find the recipe here.

I put my own spin on the recipe, exchanging about a third of the bread flour with white whole wheat flour and added some dried Italian herbs to the dough.

While it was rising, I got to work on my sauce. I usually go with the Smitten Kitchen uncooked tomato sauce but wanted to add in some extra vegetables so that this would be a more of a meal-in-one kind of bun. So I finely chopped carrots and celery and cooked it with garlic, added strained tomatoes and some herbs and spices.

The dough was easy to work with and roll out.

I didn’t have pepperoni so instead used some deli ham, chopped up, and shredded mozzarella.

I wish I had read about using dental floss earlier as slicing the rolls with a knife was tricky and I had to reshape them when I placed them on the tray to proof a second time.

We couldn’t resist trying one or two – they smelled so good!

I stored some in the fridge for school lunches this week. And then some in the freezer.

I reckon this would be great as a pesto and cheese bun. I’d love to try it with different cheeses too. And was wondering what other vegetables I could try it with. Spinach perhaps? I’ve been wondering if it would be too weird with Brussels sprouts (we love Brussels sprouts!). What do you suggest?

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  1. Your kids are really lucky! What a great lunch — probably as healthy as a sandwich but much more fun.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. I do the dental floss trick! It works for all kinds of rolled baked goods. I LOVE this idea (I got that KAF email too) — I don’t know why I haven’t tried it, especially because I make homemade pizza often. I use some white whole wheat in my dough and some cornmeal (we like it that way). Anyway, I think I may make pizza rolls this week.

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