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Anyone ever make Italian (round) pizza bread,...

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RFMonaco

Anyone ever make Italian (round) pizza bread,...

the kind without the hollow puff and with a small hole pinched in the middle (to prevent excessive rising)? These are used for hefty sandwiches, mainly used for the famous hotdog or sausage sandwiches by the reknowned Jimmy Buff's (etal) of Newark, N. J. Usually about 7" - 8" diameter and ~1.5" thick. They are cut in half and opened in the middle to stuff the dogs, peppers, onions and sliced potatos in. Best hotdog or sausage 'wich I ever had!! Like to see some techniques used.

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Trishinomaha

And - dang those sandwiches look good! What are the contents? I hope you get some suggestions on this...I live in Nebraska and don't plan on a NJ trip anytime soon but I'd love to try this if you get a recipe for the bread.

 Trish

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Paddyscake

I went to the site and then to some restaurant reviews. One review described it as a 1/2 disc of italian bread, scooped out...another like a puffed up pita.  Since I've never seen one..does this sound logical, that it is a large italian bread "bun", 7-8" in diameter, sliced in half longitudinally, rather than horizontally and then scooped out a bit to look somewhat like a over stuffed/puffed pita?

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RFMonaco

From what I've been able to gather, the pizza bread is made from standard Italian bread dough rolled out to about 1 inch thick and about 7 inch diameter. Don't forget the hole in the middle..about an inch wide. It's supposed to keep the puffing up down? Some crumb may be removed if too thick to put the goodies in.

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Paddyscake

'cept baked, and with a softer crumb..not boiled,,yum with hot sausage, peppers, onions, some sauce and cheese..parm/reggiano ? sp)

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bluezebra

*said in best halting Capt Kirk voice*

:D They look pretty swell! So maybe do the hotdogs like a Rutt's dog. Be careful the ones that are deep fried are made special.

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taurus430

This sure is an old thread! I've been pursuing this recipe also and on this website. As posted above, if you check out on the Internet or Youtube, you will see how this bread became popular in NJ. I came close to a recipe by using pizza dough, but the dough seems more enriched, like a white bread dough. I baked it in 9" pie pans and used a SS whiskey shot glass for the hole in the middle. See another thread on here for pizza bread by me to see pics!

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Andrew Bellucci

Hey Taurus, I did see your picture in another thread and the pizza bread looked great.  But I've looked on YouTube, I've searched the web and I've never found an actual recipe.  Usually people just say use regular pizza dough.  Do you have a recipe?  If so I (and I'm sure plenty of others) would really appreciate seeing it.  Thanks!