I watch a lot of Buzzfeed Tasty videos, which has a lot of cool food ideas, so I was inspired to write a blog post on inventive ways to use pizza dough! I have seen them make cinnamon rolls and garlic parmesan pretzels using pizza dough, so I decided to put my own twist on each of them!
The cinnamon rolls provide an excellent breakfast item while the pretzels provide a perfect appetizer or dinner item! It’s amazing how useful the simple item of store bought pizza dough can be, and how resourceful it can be in making different types of food!
Here are the ingredients for the cinnamon rolls!:
- pizza dough (found in fridge section of grocery store, next to crescent rolls)
- for cinnamon filling:
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons white sugar
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark)
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- for the buttercream icing:
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar (it seems like a lot, but trust me it dissolves a lot)
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- for cinnamon buttercream icing
- buttercream icing
- cinnamon filling
I started off by making the cinnamon filling for the rolls. It first mixed together the cinnamon and sugars.
Then, I softened the butter (heated it in the microwave for about 15 seconds) and added that in to the dry ingredients.
Lastly, I mixed in the vanilla extract and combined all the ingredients using a spoon.
Then I laid out the pizza dough and rolled it out until the dough was fairly rectangular and its sides were fairly even.
Next I spooned and spread out the cinnamon filling onto the dough until it covered every inch of the dough.
Once the filling was spread on the dough, I began to roll the dough as shown above. Rolling the dough as such will create the swirl of cinnamon and dough that you will see in cinnamon rolls.
After it was all rolled up, I began to cut the dough into 2-3 inch pieces as shown above.
I was able to cut about 13 rolls, but depending on how thing you roll out your dough and how thick you cut them, you may have a different amount.
Then, I greased the pan with some butter, placed the rolls on it, and baked them at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until they browned.
While they were baking, I made the buttercream icing. I used a fork to mix the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter together. If the mixture becomes too sticky you may need more melted butter and if it is too dry, you may need more milk.
Whatever manipulations you may need to make to this recipe, your icing should end up looking smooth and shiny.
If you want to “spice” things up a little, add in the leftover cinnamon filling to the buttercream icing to make a cinnamon buttercream!
The rolls should look golden brown like this when they pop out of the oven.
Finally, frost your cinnamon rolls with either the buttercream or cinnamon buttercream icing for a sweet treat!
To make the parmesan pretzels you start with the same process of rolling out your pizza dough, but then you take a different flavor approach. Here are the ingredients you will need for the pretzels:
- pizza dough
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan
Begin by cutting out 1 inch wide strips of pizza dough.
Next you will want to fill the dough with the shredded mozzarella cheese. I didn’t have shredded mozzarella on hand so I grated the fresh mozzarella I had and used that instead! I stretched out the strips of dough and then sprinkled some mozzarella in on one of the strips and then placed another strip on top of it. Spreading the dough out helped the cheese stay in more!
Then I folded the edges so the mozzarella wouldn’t come flying out! This process was a little difficult, so I would recommend making sure the dough is stretched out enough for the cheese to fit in!
To make the pretzel shape, I first created a “U” with each strip of cheese stuffed dough.
Then I crossed the tips of the “U” and fold them under their opposing sides. It looks like it would be difficult to make, but it actually is pretty easy.
To coat the pretzels, I next made a garlic butter by warming minced garlic into melted butter. This flavored the butter which was really nice.
Then I used a spoon (but you could also use a cooking brush) to spread the butter on each of the pretzels.
Next I mixed up the three herbs together in a small bowl and sprinkled them on each pretzel to give them more flavor.
Lastly, I added shredded parmesan cheese on top !
I baked these in the oven at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes, until they turned golden brown.
I paired the pretzels with the pasta sauce that my dad had learned to make a few months back (you can find that recipe in the fresh pasta post). They went together perfectly , almost tasting like pizza together in a way 🙂