What is a Stuffed Bread Ring? I’ll tell you what it is- DELICIOUS! Think of it as a cross between a pizza and a calzone, or just a fancy ham and cheese ring for grownups. Great for a party or light meal.
The dough was made with my favorite Artisan Flour Blend from Better Batter. This is THE flour you want for bread, pizza or anything with a yeasted dough. The filling is a simple layering of prosciutto and provolone cheese. By the way, this recipe is also a great way to use up those cute little charcuterie rollups you see in the deli section (that’s what I used)!
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For the dough:
- 350 g. Better Batter Artisan Flour Blend
- 2-1/4 tsp. instant yeast
- 1-3/4 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
For the filling:
- about 12 slices of prosciutto, sliced thin
- about 12 slices of provolone cheese, sliced thin or shredded
- olive oil
- fresh ground pepper
- Italian seasoning
Combine all of the dough ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix with the paddle attachment for 6-8 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350º.
Lay out 2 large sheets of parchment on your work surface, mist with cooking spray and divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.
Rest for 5 minutes, then roll each section of dough into a large rectangle. Brush liberally with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
Top with a single layer of prosciutto, followed by the provolone slices. Leave a border around the dough, so the ends will seal.
Use the parchment paper to help roll up the dough from the long side to form a cylinder. Pinch the seams closed with your fingers.
With seam side down, carefully form a ring, crimping the ends together. Place a small, oiled Pyrex cup in the center to maintain the ring shape while the bread bakes. Use a fork or docking tool to pierce the dough all over (or improvise like I did and use this). Don’t skip this step, those little holes allow steam to escape so the bread ring doesn’t split open while baking. Cover and rest for 10-15 minutes.
Brush the bread rings with olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper.
Pick up the bread rings, parchment and all and slide them onto a pizza stone or baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 200º.
Cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes before attempting to remove the Pyrex bowls (they will be very hot). You may need to run a paring knife around the edges to loosen the bowls.
The bread rings need to set up for an hour or so, then you can enjoy them warm or at room temperature.
Leftovers can be refrigerated for several days; they will refresh nicely in the microwave, or you can reheat them on a baking stone.
Did I mention that this Stuffed Bread Ring is DELICIOUS? Pair it with a salad for a nice lunch or light dinner, mangia!
Notes ♪♫ I used a dozen charcuterie rollups to make 2 bread rings, six slices each of prosciutto and provolone. If you are buying cold cuts at the deli, be sure you have enough to cover the surface of the dough. You can change up the filling and experiment with different meat and cheese combinations. You can also add cooked vegetables that have been well drained, nothing watery. Baby spinach leaves in the filling provide a nice color contrast.