Pizza has always been my favorite. When I was pregnant with Tyler, I craved it even more than usual. Around that time we were starting to think about the food we were eating. I would check ingredients and learned a lot about nutrition. But, that didn’t keep this pregnant momma from grabbing a Pizza Hot Pocket a time or two.
Unfortunately, it was hard to find a pizza hot pocket that doesn’t have pepperoni. I only like cheese on my pizza. And, of course, the sauce. Italian food is my favorite because I really enjoy anything with bread, red sauce, and cheese.
We make homemade pizza with dough from our bread machine often. I used that same dough recipe to create the dough for hot pockets. So, when we were coming up with different varieties to try, I knew I needed a pizza hot pocket.
This is one with only red sauce and cheese. Nothing else. And that is just how I like it!
Step by Step
Add all of the ingredients for the dough into the bread machine. Set it to the dough setting and let it run. My machine takes 90 minutes to make a dough, but that can vary by machine. Make sure to look at the manual for yours so you know how to use it.
When the dough is almost done cooking, prepare your ingredients. For a ham and cheese hot pocket, this means tearing the ham into pieces and shredding the cheese.
Once the dough is finished cooking, roll the dough out on a floured surface. Cut the dough into quarters. Preheat the oven to 350F.
For each hot pocket, place about 1/4 of the salami and cheese down the center of the dough. Use a pizza cutter to slice diagonal cuts into the dough at regular intervals. I find about 1/2″ works best. Cut the top and bottom diagonals off. Fold the top and bottom over, then make the braid.
Start by grabbing the end of the top piece and folding it over until it meets with the second on the other side. Repeat with the top piece on the opposite side.
Continue this pattern until you reach the bottom. Tuck the bottom two pieces around the bottom. Carefully move the hot pockets to a baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the egg and water. Use a pastry brush to coat the dough. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the dough is golden brown.
Pizza Hot Pocket
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 3/8 cup water
- 3 tbsp oil
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup water
- all-purpose flour (for dusting work surface)
- Add all dough ingredients to bread machine and set to dough
- Shred the cheese if it isn't already shredded
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Roll dough out on floured work surface to about 1/8-1/4 inch thickness
- Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into quarters
- Add the fillings to the center of the dough
- Cut the dough in diagonals on either side and fold over until the entire hot pocket is braided
- Whisk the egg and water together to form an egg wash and brush the dough
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the dough is golden brown
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