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?


  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


  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.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I guess I’ve not really done individual rolled bakes before! I’ll try the dental floss trick next time I make these


Comments are closed.