Roman Breakfast

Roman Breakfast Recipe

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Lauren Conforti


This is the forerunner of pizza, dating back to the Roman Empire & the time of Christ. Yes! Pizza started as a breakfast dish. But of course, the Ancient Romans did not have tomatoes. Tomatoes were introduced into Italy by Christopher Columbus from the New World in 1492. So you can use this dough for pizza as well, but if you want a genuine Roman breakfast, you're not going to want to put any New World ingredients on it such as tomatoes, or peppers. However, if a few sun dried happened to end up on top of your dough before you put it in the oven, I'm sure the pizza gods won't be angry. ;-)


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Makes 2 9-inch pies


  • 1 1/3 c
    warm water
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    gluten (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3 c
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 tsp
  • ·
    mozzarella cheese
  • ·
    provolone cheese
  • ·
    parmesan cheese
  • ·
    meat & veggie toppings of choice

How to Make Roman Breakfast


  1. Mix the first 3 ingredients in a warmed bread machine (or in a bowl) Place pan in bread machine & close the lid to proof the yeast. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. You should then see some foam on the surface to let you know the yeast is alive & active. If no change is visible, it is possible that 1) the yeast is dead; get new yeast 2) the water was too hot & killed the yeast; start over. or 3) the pan & environment was too cool failing to activate the yeast; re-proof with a warmer environment.
  2. Once yeast has proofed, add the gluten, cornmeal, flour, baking powder, garlic & onion powders. Place pan in machine and start mixing on "dough" setting (or mix by hand in bowl)
  3. Once ingredients have mixed into a ball of dough (5-10 minutes), open lid & add olive oil and salt. Let dough setting proceed
  4. When bread machine cycle is complete, preheat oven to 425F. Then remove dough & cut into 2 halves. Spread each half onto oiled pizza pans. Use a bit of olive oil on your hands to aid in spreading the dough & keep it from springing back.
  5. Spread with cheeses & desired toppings. Bake for about 10 minutes. Then raise oven to Broil to properly brown the cheeses & crust.Watch closely; the pizza can burn quickly under the broiler.

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About Roman Breakfast

Course/Dish: Other Breakfast
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian

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