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Mini Pepperoni Calzones

  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 50 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Main

Description

These crowd-pleasing calzones are easy to make and perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or the kids’ lunchbox!


Ingredients

  • 3 cups Gold Medal® Better for Bread™ bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 21/4 teaspoons (1 package) active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup very warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 package pepperonis
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine 1 cup flour with sugar, salt and yeast. Add olive oil and warm water. Beat on medium speed 2-3 minutes, scraping bowl frequently.
  2. Stir in remaining flour until just combined. Switch to a dough hook and knead dough for 5-8 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy. If you don’t have a dough hook, place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands 8-10 minutes.
  3. Leave the dough in the bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rest 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly beat the egg in a small bowl.
  5. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use a 4 to 5 inch round bowl to measure out circles by placing the bowl on the dough and cutting around it with a knife.
  6. Place the dough rounds on lightly greased baking sheets.
  7. Put 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce, 5 pepperonis and a spoonful of mozzarella on the center of each round leaving about 1/4 inch around the edges.
  8. Brush edges with the beaten egg. Fold each circle over and seal edges with a fork. Brush the top of each calzone with the egg, sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese and a touch of Italian seasoning.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp around the edges.

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