Bizza (Pizza Buns)

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The other day I was watching one of my favorite cooking shows that featured cinnamon buns. I like cinnamon buns but sometimes they are a bit too sweet for me. I am not a big sweet eater even though I love chocolate but it has to be dark chocolate which is more bitter than sweet. Anyway, I though it would be nice to come up with a bun recipe that was more savory than sweet like a pizza bun. The idea was to use the same method of building a cinnamon bun but with different ingredients.

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Of course when you think of pizza you think of pizza dough, sauce and cheese. Simple ingredients for a simple dish. I have to say that when I first pulled the Bizza (more on the name later) out of the oven it was not the prettiest of sights. Everything looked kind of mushed together but as I pulled each of the buns apart they started to look pretty good. The final test for whether or not I could post the recipe for a Bizza on dmariedining.com was in the taste. My hubby looked hesitant to try it and my youngest son just looked hungry. After my son took a bite he nodded his head (like a cool teenager would) and my hubby said it reminded him of a calzone which he loves. Score one for dmariedining.com!

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Now, you might still be wondering where the name Bizza came from. It was my hubby’s idea. Since I told him the recipe was a take on a cinnamon bun in the style of a pizza he came up with the name Bizza to represent a bun and a pizza. That is how the Bizza was born.  The Bizza has become one of my” go to” quick lunches for the family on the weekends.  Try it.  I bet you’ll become a fan of the Bizza.

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Bizza (Pizza Buns)

Ingredients:
1 pkg pizza crust
1 15 oz jar of pizza sauce
½ cup pepperoni slices
½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
¼ cup fontina cheese shredded
½ tsp oregano
¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
cooking spray
flour
round cake pan

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Spray cake pan with cooking spray. Spoon a layer of pizza sauce in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle a little mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Set aside.

Sprinkle flour on a clean flat surface. Place pizza dough on flour and using a floured rolling pin roll out the dough slightly. Spread pizza sauce evenly over the pizza dough leaving a ¼ inch boarder around the edges. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Layer pepperoni over the cheese then sprinkle the fontina cheese over the pepperoni. Start at one end of the pizza dough and begin gently rolling it forward and try to keep it tight to create a log. If the dough is too sticky to handle, pat your hands with flour.

Cut the log into 4 – 5 pieces. Place each bun in the baking pan end side up. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until the pizza dough is cooked and browned. Remove from the oven and let the Bizza rest for 5 minutes. Place a plate over the baking pan and then flip the buns onto the plate. You may need to run a butter knife around the edge of the baking pan to loosen the buns before flipping onto the plate. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese while the Bizza is still warm. Gently pull buns apart and serve.

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