How to Make Calzone Dough

Sunday Oct 2, 2016

The calzone: a delicious, doughy delight filled with various meats and cheeses. No matter what you choose to include in your calzone, it all begins with the dough. If you're interested in how to make calzone dough, you've come to the right place.

Making calzones is not difficult, but it does take patience since you want to start with fresh dough. We've adapted a recipe from AllRecipes to help you. First, gather up the following ingredients:

  • ¼ ounce package of active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of white sugar
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 egg, beaten

Once you have everything ready, grab a small bowl. Add the water, yeast and sugar and let it all dissolve. Set the mixture aside for 10 minutes.

Once the 10 minutes are up, stir in the salt and tablespoon of olive oil. Now, stir in the flour a little at a time until the dough is smooth and workable. Lightly flour a smooth surface and move your dough onto there. Knead the dough on the floured surface for about 5 minutes.

Move the dough into a bowl containing 1 teaspoon of olive oil, flip the dough, then cover the bowl. Let the dough sit for about 40 minutes, which will allow it to rise.

After the dough has risen, press it down and separate it into two equal parts. Roll the dough out into thin circles on your lightly floured surface. After you've added fillings, fold over the dough and tuck in the edges to secure the fillings inside the calzones. Brush the top of each calzone with the beaten egg and place the calzones onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Place your calzones in the oven.

You can bake the calzones at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes. Adjust the cooking time based on the size of individual servings.

Filling Your Calzones

The calzone dough recipe will yield about 8 small calzones or 4 large ones. Traditionally, calzones are filled with ricotta cheese, grated parmesan and some salt, pepper, and parsley. You can also add in some Italian sausage or pepperoni for a heartier filling.

If you're looking to break tradition, Hungry Howie's calzones come in a number of combinations. The "Deluxe Italian features ham, salami and melted cheese. If you're craving a Philly cheesesteak, try the Steak, Cheese & and Mushroom calzone.

The Pizza Deluxe comes with your choice of three toppings, mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce. When you need a break from making fresh calzone dough, know that Hungry Howie's has a large selection to choose from.*

*Item availability may vary by location.