Pizza Twist Bread

Pizza Twist Bread

Pizza Twist Bread

Pizza Twist Bread makes a refreshing change for a light lunch with a salad or as an accompaniment to an Italian dinner.  You can use your favorite bread dough and start this recipe at the special technique, or follow my recipe for whole grain artisan bread. It is the way the bread is formed that makes the crust, light and flaky, and gives it the robust flavour of Italian garlic bread.

Recipe for Pizza Twist Bread


4 cups of warm water

2 tbsp. yeast

2 tsp. sea salt

6 to 8 cups of whole wheat flour, hard winter wheat is best, freshly ground on pastry setting of your grain mill

Wondermill Grain Mill and Pizza Twist Bread

Wondermill Grain Mill and Pizza Twist Bread

1 cups of whole rye flour, freshly ground on pastry setting

1 egg, optional

2 tsp. thyme, dried and rubbed in the hands before adding it to the melted butter

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 small can tomato paste

Grated cheese, optional

Mix yeast and warm water in a 2 quart, glass measuring dish.  Set aside until frothy, about 15 minutes.  If the yeast doesn’t get frothy, discard and try again with fresh yeast.

Meanwhile, grind wheat and rye flours separately in the Wondermill Grain Mill, and set aside.

When the yeast mixture is frothy add it to the mixing bowl of your stand mixer, or if you will be mixing your bread by hand, add it to a large bowl that will hold 3 quarts of liquid.  Mix in rye flour, the egg, salt, and 6 cups of wheat flour, one cup at a time, using the dough hook on your stand mixer, if you are using a mixer.  Beat until the dough begins to strand, indicating that the gluten in the wheat flour is activated.  The dough will be sticky at this point.  Beat in only enough extra wheat flour to form a smooth, non-sticky dough.  This will vary depending on the humidity in the air on the day that you grind your flour and on the day that you make your bread.

Turn dough out on lightly flour surface and knead until smooth, adding only enough extra flour to keep the dough from sticking to the counter top.  Less flour is better.  Place dough in a clean mixing bowl and cover with a tea towel.  Leave in a warm place until dough rises and almost doubles in bulk — about 90 minutes.

Special technique for Joybilee Farm Twist Bread

Twist Bread is made similarly to making cinnamon rolls.  The bread dough is rolled out into a thin rectangle, a filling is applied to the surface of the rolled out dough.  The dough is then rolled up tightly.  When making cinnamon rolls, at this point the dough is cut into rolls perpendicular to the rolled up dough.  When making twist bread the dough is, instead, cut lengthwise along the full length of the rolled up dough.  The two lengths of dough are then twisted together to form a rope, with the cut edge turned to the outside of the rope.  In my example, I formed the rope of bread into a wreath shape, but you can also tuck the ends under the loaf and leave it as a rectangle.

cinnamon twist bread cut the roll of dough

Technique for Pizza Twist Bread

Once bread has risen, punch it down and divide into 6 equal parts.   Cover dough while you work with each part individually.  Roll out one piece of dough on a floured surface, as thinly as you can.  Make sure that the counter is well floured so that you can lift the dough off the counter without tearing it.

Roll the dough as thinly as possible and spread with garlic butter.

Roll the dough as thinly as possible and spread with garlic butter.

Melt the butter and crush 2 cloves of garlic and add it to the melted butter.  Add thyme to the butter, by rubbing dried thyme in your fingers before sprinkling the crushed thyme into the butter. Brush melted and herbed butter onto the rectangle of dough.

Roll up the pizza twist bread like a jelly roll.

Roll up the pizza twist bread like a jelly roll.

Brush tomato paste over melted butter.  Sprinkle with finely grated cheese, if desired.

Roll up like a jelly roll.  Moisten the edge of the dough and pinch firmly to join in the roll.

Once the pizza twist bread is rolled tightly it is ready to cut.

Once the pizza twist bread is rolled tightly it is ready to cut.

Using a very sharp knife, cut the dough lengthwise, cleanly through.  Take the two halves and twist them together, like a twisted rope, keeping the cut edge on the top of the twist.  To make a wreath, overlap the two ends and moisten the dough at the overlap.  Place on floured baking sheet.  Brush with more melted herb-garlic butter.  Cover with a towel to allow to rise.

Once the two cut ropes of dough are twisted, you may form them into wreaths, or you may form them into logs before rising.

Once the two cut ropes of dough are twisted, you may form them into wreaths, or you may form them into logs before rising.

Repeat with other 5 pieces of dough.  Allow to rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 30 minutes.  When it is done, the rolls will be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.  Remove from oven.  Cool on rack, until still warm but cool enough to handle.  Serve warm with extra butter.

Enjoy this creative way to prepare pizza or rolls.  Have you tried this with cinnamon buns?  Leave a comment and let me know how your Pizza Twists turn out.

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About Joybilee Farm

Joybilee Farm teaches you self-reliant skills for backyard homesteading.  On the blog you’ll find tutorials to help you embrace the homestead lifestyle of self-sufficiency, sustainability, and JOY.  From herbal medicine, animal husbandry, gardening, spinning, weaving, felting, canning and putting-by for winter; you’ll find the help you need to live a frugal, creative, self sufficient life and embrace your homestead dreams.  And along the way I’ll help you learn to make a living from your homestead, so that you can get out of debt and spend your days embracing your passions, doing what you love, where you want to live. (link:

"As a homesteader and blogger I found the Grain Mill Challenge fun and inspiring. My challenge started just before Christmas so I had the adventure of adapting several traditional family recipes to freshly milled grains. I love that the Wondermill is always ready for service on my kitchen counter. It really is a whole lot quieter than the Kitchenaid grain mill attachment I was using. And I don't need to set anything up to be ready to use it. That means I use it more often to provide my family with healthy, whole grain snacks and breads. Thanks for giving me the honour of participating in this challenge." Chris
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