October 8, 2010

Breakfast Braid

I’m back!!

It’s been four whole days since you’ve heard even a peep from my little corner of the blogosphere. That’s gotta be a record. As promised, I’ve got quite a yummy recipe here for you—Breakfast Braids.

What is a Breakfast Braid, you ask?

Basically, this is a breakfast dish comprised of pizza dough filled with a fluffy scramble of eggy, sausagey, cheesy, peppery, oniony, mushroomy, jalapeñoy goodness. It doesn’t have to contain all those things, though. In fact, I made two versions of this concoction, one with egg, onion, jalapeño, sausage, and cheese, and one with egg, onion, peppers, mushrooms, and cheese.

Both were insanely delicious.

Putting it together is nice and easy. Just chop up whatever ingredients you want to add…

…then scramble ‘em up with some eggs.

Roll out a sheet of packaged pizza dough—you know, the kind in a can.

Yes, the kind in a can.

On said dough, sprinkle a layer of the cheese of your choice (I used cheddar for this part).

Take it from someone who learned the hard way—roll out the dough on the baking sheet you’ll be using, as it’s pretty hard to transfer otherwise.

Then spread out all that scrambley yum-ness on top of it.

Have you noticed how many of the words I use aren’t actually words?

I’m supposed to be a college student.

Should I be concerned?

Before we delve into that question, sprinkle some more cheese on top of the filling (this time I used a Mexican four cheese blend).

Now comes the braiding part. With a knife or kitchen shears, cut strips on each side of the dough.

Fold over each end and arrange the strips in a vaguely overlapping pattern.

In the future, I’ll probably make the strips thinner. It’s still delicious, either way.

Once that’s all braided, brush the top with some beaten egg whites and pop it in the oven.

After about 15 minutes you’ll have something majorly delicious on your hands. Whatever filling you choose, it’ll be mind-meltingly yummy, I guarantee it!

The best part? For those of us who don’t exactly rise and shine in the mornings, it refrigerates and microwaves like a dream. Throw it together at midnight and you’ve got breakfast all ready for tomorrow.

What? Doesn’t everyone cook at midnight?

Breakfast Braid

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

Printable Recipe

1 13-ounce can refrigerated pizza dough

1 tablespoon olive oil

Any combination of…

  • Sausage
  • Mushrooms
  • Jalapeños
  • Peppers
  • Onions

…plus anything else that sounds yummy and strikes your fancy.

2 large eggs, beaten

1 egg white, beaten

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup shredded Mexican four cheese blend, or Monterrey Jack

Preheat over to 425 degrees.

Heat oil in a large skillet and sauté all vegetables and meats. Add eggs and cook until set—another few minutes.

Unroll dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray or parchment paper. Arrange into a 15 by 10-inch rectangle.

Sprinkle cheddar down the middle of the dough. Top with filling and sprinkle with cheese blend or Monterrey Jack.

Using a knife or kitchen shears, cut along both sides of the dough within 1/2 inch of the filling. Arrange strips over the filling and press the ends under to seal. Brush with beaten egg white and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Let cool for a few minutes and cut into slices for serving.


  1. So...it's like next morning pizza. Only with eggs and without sauce.

    Good idea.

  2. Wow that looks sooooo good! Thanks so much for the recipe and for the pictures of how to make it! I can't wait to try it out, YUMMMMM! :)

  3. i'm having my cup of coffee as I read your post. oh braidy bread, am ready for you.

  4. Dang this looks tasty! All that cheesy goodness.... mmmm.

  5. I'm having breakfast while I look at your breakfast braid and now I feel that my bowl of cereals is sooo boring. Can I come over tomorrow? :)

  6. breakfast braided into bread might just be the best invention since breakfast! I'm putting this on the menu for an upcoming weekend with hungry men to feed.

    As a college student, it's your job to invent new words! Revel in it!

  7. You're back!

    That breakfast braid looks like just the ticket. It has everything you could possibly want for breakfast in a handy parcel. Genius.

    I cook at midnight! I find it quite soothing cooking at night & I never get up early enough to do things in the morning. Plus, I like going to bed with cakey/bakey smells all around. :D

  8. @Drackar: Ya know, it kinda is! I'd never thought about it that way. That whole pizza idea will definitely have to be explored!

    @Lindsey: Thank you! I always love step-by-step photos for this kind of stuff.

    @CelebreatySarah: Tell you what, I'll trade you the coffee for the bread. I've had java on the brain big time today!

    @Marisa: Thanks! Cheesy goodness is always a good sign.

    @Sara: Absolutely. :D

    @Rachel: This would definitely be a good breakfast for a bunch of hungry guys. I get full after a single slice, so you'll be sure to get your money's worth with them!

    Oooh, I like this reveling business. I think I'll go invent more words to celebrate.

    @Suzler: Describing this bread as a "handy parcel" made me instantly flash to an image of me carrying the whole thing all over campus, casually munching all the way.

    Hooray for the midnight bakers! Hmm, that sounds like some twisted, nocturnal version of the Daring Bakers. :D

  9. I love Cooking Light. This is such a great idea, wrapping up all this scrambled egg goodness into a loaf of bread. Before it's baked it kind of looks like a mummy. I also like that this recipe uses the pizza dough from the can--nice and easy and just as good!

  10. that's it, I'm making this sunday morning to bring over to grandma, it looks sensational!

    thank you so much for your comments at mangiabella, grandpa was such a special man - and an avid reader indeed, there is not a louis l'amour or clive cussler book that he hasn't read 2 or 3 times over!

    He and my grandmother just relocated here from the East Coast LAST WEEK to be closer to the grandchildren and great grandchildren...my grandfather had only been here FOUR DAYS - I am so thankful he got to meet my son before he passed, that was so important to him, and to me. He will be greatly missed and forever remembered in our hearts.

    so yes, grandma could use a little cheering up, their anniversary would have been next week, 64 years....so I will arrive with breakfast braid in hand and report back :)

  11. Incredible looking breakfast braid! This would not last long in our home and I love that this is a cooking light recipe :o)

  12. I'm salivating! Looks so yummy!

  13. This is absolutely beautiful, and yummy! I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner...and snack too. Great job!
    I now am following your blog...thought I already followed you.

  14. @Marisa: I can't wait to do some more experimenting with this kind of recipe. I'd never known that canned pizza dough was so yummy!

    @Mangiabella: I definitely would be happy to see someone at my door with one of these! Your grandfather sounded like a truly wonderful man--I was glad to have learned a little bit about him over on your blog. Even though he didn't get the chance to spend much time with you all, I'll bet your grandmother is very glad to be so near to her grandchildren and family.

    @Susi: Thanks! I love Cooking Light recipes, although my version is slightly less "light". :D

    @Becky: Thanksies!

    @Elisabeth: haha Thanks! This did end up as my dinner one night--just as yummy. Yay for my newest follower!! :D

  15. It LOOKS insanely delicious! And so pretty!

  16. Haha! I think I gave away my greediness with that comment, as that's exactly what I was imagining. I reckon I could eat a whole one! I'd certainly give it a good go. ;)

  17. @A Spicy Perspective: Thank you!

    @Suzler: I actually grabbed another thing of pizza dough at the grocery store last night--thinking about a hand held version!


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