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Pizza Roll Explosion

Posted on 05 Oct 2010 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

Oops, I did it again! I tried something new and it literally exploded in my face...

I was aiming for this...

But I got this instead o_O pizza roll explosion, someone please call 911!

Basic Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
*This pizza dough serves 6 in my household*

  • 300 grams whole wheat spelt flour
  • 1 packet (7 g) of active dry yeast
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • herbs (*optional)


  1. Combine the yeast with about 100 mL lukewarm water in a bowl and let it sit until it starts to foam (about 5 minutes).
  2. In a seperate bowl combine the rest of the ingredients, add the yeast mixture and knead in the bowl, adding water until you have a nice elastic and smooth dough.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it stand until the dough has doubled in size (60-90 minutes).

  4. Kneed down the dough and roll it out into the desired shape (a circle if you're making pizza, a rectangle if you're going to make a pizza roll).

For the pizza roll, top the dough with the desired ingredients. I first put on a layer of pesto (~2 tsp), then a mixture of tomato sauce with ~200 grams of a grated cheese mix (light), and finished with 10 chopped kalamata olives.

Now roll the dough and cut into 6 equally sized pieces. Rewind. That is where the trouble started!
I left a sauce free border around the edges to allow for easier rolling. However, this border was too large and I only realized this after the rolling (excess of dough at the front and end of the roll). By then it was too late to undo the damage. That is why I decided to tuck in the excess dough and make a loaf, hoping to salvage things.

After baking it in the oven, the roll had exploded, spilling molten cheese all over the place. Next time I would take care not to leave too large a sauce free border, and to cut the roll into 6 smaller rolls.

I tried to contain the leak by smearing the filling onto the top. Obviously it didn't work! I let it cool down and cut it into eight squarish pieces. I had a baked pizza square with a serving of endive, red grape and apple salad for dinner, it tasted great!

Endive salad with chopped apple, red grapes, and a dressing made from 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter, 1 tsp agave syrup, and 1 tbsp olive oil. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste!


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