Monday, September 9, 2013

Easy Calzones (Pioneer Woman)

I always remember... The calzone.

Yes... This particular calzone that was so hard to chew and eventually chipping my tooth!

Calzone? Is it a pizza? Sort of... Calzone is a folded pizza or a turnover shaped bread filled with ingredients that are normally associated with pizza toppings. Typically, calzones are made with lots of cheese stuffing. The dough is folded into a half-moon shape, sealed with an egg wash mixture and baked. Calzones are the best serving them immediately and sometimes with marinara sauce or pesto.

Why is this particular calzone that I ate so hard to chew? Is every calzone like this? NO! For the fact that I lost part of my tooth, I always remember eating this toughest calzone that I ever had from this particular pizza shop. Not surprisingly at all, the shop had closed down a few years later after I chipped my tooth. Until now, I still have the fear of eating teeth-crunching calzones and hope not to bake any of these failing ones at home...

After seeing this easy and deliciously cheesy calzone recipe at Pioneer Woman Cooks and Food Network, I've managed to convince myself that I can bake calzones. The though of eating nice cheesy food seems to make me do anything... LOL!

Feeling assure with this recipe? Kind of. According to Ree's recipe, these calzones are fail-proof if they are made using frozen and un-risen dinner rolls dough. To tackle this, I'm using this always-fail-proof Jamie Oliver's pizza dough to make these calzones. Glad that everything is deliciously ok!

Did I lost any teeth after eating these? NO!!! Definitely 100% NO!!!

Easy Calzones Pioneer woman
Easy and NOT-teeth-crunching Calzones
Gourmet-style pizza dough ingredients - Very Jamie Oliver!
Motherly-kids-friendly calzones ingredients - Very Ree Drummond!
Indeed, this is a fail proof pizza dough recipe.
Making the easy calzone filling: Cook cook cook... Mix mix mix...
I didn't even need a rolling pin to make these!
No extra proving time required... Just wrap, egg wash and bake!
Feeling hungry! Can't wait to eat my vegetarian calzone ...
Wait a minute! I forgot the sauce!
Easy Calzones Pioneer woman
Disclaimer: No tooth is harmed for the enjoyment of these calzones. Phew!

Here are the recipes.
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Easy Calzones by Pioneer Woman

16 whole frozen, unrisen dinner rolls (or frozen bread loaves)
1 tbsp butter
(replaced with olive oil)
1 whole medium onion, diced
1 pound breakfast or Italian sausage
(I used 2 beef sausages for half amount of the recipe)
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning 
(I used Italian dried herbs)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
(for my son who can't tolerate red pepper, I didn't use for this)
15 ounces, fluid whole milk ricotta cheese
(for half amount of this recipe, I used 250g of 50% fat reduced ones which has a fat content of 4.7g per 100g)
1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
2 whole eggs
1/2 tsp salt
black pepper to taste
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
(I didn't add this)
marinara sauce (or pasta sauce), for serving
1 whole egg beaten

Place frozen bread dough on a baking sheet to thaw. Cover with a tea towel and let thaw and rise for 2 to 3 hrs.

Preheat oven to 400°F (180°C fan forced).

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and allow to cook for a couple of minutes. Add sausage and cook until brown, crumbling the sausage as you stir. Add Italian seasoning (or herbs) and red pepper flakes (I didn't add this). Remove from pan and allow to cool on a plate.

In a separate bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley (I didn't add this). When sausage is cool, stir it in. Set aside.

When rolls are thawed and risen, roll them out on a lightly floured surface until paper thin. Spoon 3-4 tbsp (approximately) filling onto half of the dough circle. Fold half of the dough over itself, then press edges to seal.

Brush surface of calzone with beaten egg, then bake for 10-13 mins, or until nice and golden brown. Serve with warm marinara (or pasta) sauce.

Note: Using half of the recipe, I have made 8 calzones (4 with sausages and 4 vegetarian ones) and baked them at 180°C fan forced for 20 mins.

Pizza Dough by Jamie Oliver

7 cups "00" flour or strong white bread flour, plus more for work surface and bowl
(I used 525g for half amount of the recipe)
1 tbsp fine sea salt
2 1/2 cups lukewarm water
2 (1/4-ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 tbsp raw sugar, such as turbinado or Demerara
(I used turbinado)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Place flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add 2 1/2 cups lukewarm water, yeast, sugar, and olive oil. Process until a dough has formed.

Dust a large bowl with flour and transfer dough in bowl. Sprinkle flour on top of dough and cover with a damp towel. Let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hr.

Punch down dough and turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Use immediately, or wrap dough in plastic wrap and keep refrigerated until ready to use. 

Note: Half amount of this recipe is just right to make 8 calzones. Instead of using a food processor, I have placed all ingredient in a breadmaker and used the dough setting to knead and prove the dough. I kept the dough in the fridge until it is ready to use.

Happy Baking
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  1. Good morning Zoe! Can I call calzone "angmo" puffs? Thought you were making some curry puffs by looking at the 1st picture. They look very pretty. Have a good start of the week!

  2. I had my first calzone in college...Wild Bull's bullpockets. Now I want one after seeing your post!

  3. Zoe!!!
    I was looking at this too but the store bought bread dough had me stumped! Tks for bringing out JO's dough recipe! Super Yumms!

  4. Haha I also thought it was curry puffs at first, but they look so very fluffy! Sorry I have not been posting many Ree's recipes yet as I was busy with both kids birthday in Sep, will do so this week.

  5. oh dear, calzones that can chip your tooth.. gosh, I guess they never rested the dough...

    your calzoes looks super delicious! miss this a lot, use to enjoy it when I was in the States... gonna try this recipe.... my little one will enjoy the cheese one... The Pioneer Woman's website makes me wanna cook everything... lol... :)

  6. Hi Zoe, at the first look it looks like curry puff. It is like what Jessie said is "angmo puff"? But from the texture, I'm sure it is different!

  7. hi,,could u help,instead of using pizzz dough,,
    what about using normal curry puff recipes,,
    how u can share--thanks

    1. Hi Jan,

      Are you asking if you can use curry puff pastry to make calzone with calzone fillings? Of course, you can but obviously, your curry-puff-calzone wouldn't be bread-like.

      If you are asking for a curry puff recipe, I'm sorry that I have not written any curry puff blog post yet. I share one in the future.



  8. Hi Zoe, I've only eaten a calzone once in my life. Yours looks so delicious that I'm tempted to try baking my own too.

  9. Mmm..the filling sounds especially delicious :)

  10. wow, what a forgotten snack! i love these!

  11. Zoe, I always think of calzones as giant curry puffs hah! hah! I love the one at Secret Recipe with curry filling. I am amazed that you actually chipped a tooth with the bad calzone!

  12. I’m obsessed with these big calzones. So so good.

  13. I love calzones... for the surprise that's hidden inside. Reminds me of a curry puff! your calzones look great!

  14. That looks so yummy! I am too busy making mooncakes to join in lol! Hope I can find the time to cook something from Pioneer Woman's recipes.

  15. These look like empanadas except for when you open it up and see the beautiful fluffy and airy dough! Delicious!

  16. yumm. I should try making a calzone :)

  17. Hi Zoe! Sorry to hear about your chipped tooth! I like calzones but I still prefer the traditional pizza more, boring me I know haha! Love the filling that you used, maybe I'll use that as my pizza topping instead!

  18. I can't imagine a calzone being hard enough to chip teeth!

  19. Hi Zoe , the calzones look so delicious and yummy , a must try thanks for sharing :).

  20. i guess this is the same JO pizza dough recipe that i used to bake my stromboli too during JO month, yeah, it was quite good. cute to find you shaped it like a curry puff..ang moh curry puff! LOL!

  21. Hahaha luckily this recipe didn't break your teeth, yes from your pictures and I can imagine this is yummy!

  22. Hi Zoe, while reading your post, I just realized I have never eaten a calzone before.

  23. Hi Zoe,
    Calzone that chip your teeth? Reminds me of the cookies that my friend's mother used to make when I was young. They were hard as a rock and even when we threw it to the floor (to test how hard it is), the cookies did not break up at all! We always had a good laugh over it! Haha!
    Your calzone looks good, I have not made one in ages! Have been thinking about it for quite some time actually. Meanwhile, I'll just drool over yours first! Yum!

  24. My husband loves calzones. I will have to try and make him some. They look so yummy!

  25. Zoe, your calzones look incredible...perfect and super yummy. Love both the meat and vegetarian filling!

  26. Haha, hard calzones? U must have had a bad time !! This one looks so perfect & soft.. Wish I get a bite :)

  27. This calzones looks good with yummy filling. My family love calzone especially full with cheesy filling too . My hubby thought me how to make calzone but have never had it at the pizza shop before . And I do know some pizzas at certain shop can really chip your teeth too ! LOL