I’ve entered that parenting stage where I am, apparently, running a taxi service for my children. I always thought the whole “Mom’s Taxi” thing was a cliché. It isn’t. Clearly.
I mean wow. I’m still having trouble mentally adjusting to the fact that I’m a grown up, let alone that I have an honest-to-goodness teenager and one on the cusp and three coming close behind. Eep.
Two to three days out of the week, I find myself on the campus of our local private college for various kid related activities; classes, youth group, etc… Early on in this weekly invasion schedule, I realized -in a grand shock to my system- that I was likely the oldest person in the student center and that I did. not. look. like. the. students. I got the vapours, folks.
I’m resilient though. I take one look at those five little men who keep me hopping and smiling -I know I’m living the life- grab a head and deliver a loving maternal noogie and race my kids back to the van to head home and whip up a batch of something that is going to make everyone happy in the kitchen before we’re off to our next commitment.
It’s at times like these that fancy is all wrong for all kinds of reasons. Every so often (and more often than not depending on circumstances) you just need good food good and fast. It doesn’t have to be pretty. It doesn’t have to be refined. And in fact, it’s better if it isn’t.
This is when you toss things, scatter things with abandon, pause to kiss a little one walking by, and slap something into the oven (not the kid, not the kid, I tell ya!). Life is moving fast. We need to, too.
Here’s the just the thing for it. English Muffin Bread Pizzas. This riff on one of my own childhood favourites -my Mom’s English muffin pizzas- is lightening fast and ever so satisfying. It won’t win awards for its looks or its sophistication, but that does not make it any less crave-able or smile-producing. English Muffin Bread ends up being an even better vehicle for super fast pizzas than English muffins because it lets the little bit of olive oil drizzled over the top soak down to the bottom to give you a crisp bottom crust.
A crispy crust, gooey and stretchy cheese, favourite pizza toppings… That’s good enough, right? There is just nothing better than something that tastes so good with so little effort.
Because I promise there’s almost no work to this. Here’s the thing. You put bread on the pan, drizzle with oil, toast, toss a bunch of toppings on it and bake. The messier you get with tossing on the toppings the better! Little bits of cheese and toppings that fall between the slices get crunchy and snackable. Pinky swear.
…Just when I was looking like an adult.
English Muffin Bread PizzasRate Recipe
- 12 slices about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick English Muffin Bread or 6 English muffins, split
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 3/4 cup pizza sauce
- 2-3 cups shredded mozzarella
- Diced cooked ham
- Thinly sliced onions
- Pineapple tidbits well drained
- Black or green olives
- Italian sausage cooked
- ...Whatever floats your pizza boat!
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet (or two) with heavy duty foil or parchment paper.
- Arrange the slices of English Muffin Bread (or the English muffins) closely on the lined pan. There should be just a small amount of space between the slices. Drizzle the olive oil evenly over the slices. Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 6-8 minutes, or until the olive oil is bubbly on the bread and the edges of the bread are golden brown. If you lift a piece of bread, the oil should have soaked through and be bubbly on the bottom, too.
- Remove the pan from the oven and set on a heat-proof surface. Evenly divide the pizza sauce among the slices of bread and spread with the back of a spoon to the edges. Scatter the cheese over the tops of the bread, not taking too much care. There will be cheese that falls between the slices. That is not just okay; it's desirable! Scatter any additional toppings you like over the cheese and return the pan to the oven.
- Bake for 10-18 minutes (depending on how browned you like your cheese). Let the pizzas cool for 3-5 minutes on the pans before using a spatula to transfer to a platter. Use the spatula to scrape up any crispy brown bits from the pan and toss those over the tops of the pizzas on the platter.
- Serve hot, warm or room temperature.
Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.
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Harold Penepacker says
my wife and I love both muffins and pizza, will try soon////////////////
Ellen Renee says
This is my 1st visit to your site (jumped over from PW’s mention) and I just realized after starting down your recipe list and noticed Eng. Muffin Bread Pizza that I made your Eng Muffin Bread last weekend!! I had noticed the recipe on the Tasty Kitchen page off to the side many times and decided to click on the link and liked what I saw (love Eng Muffins!!) I made 4 lovely loaves and have 3 in the freezer. You can bet I will be defrosting one to try the pizza – my teenage son’s FAVORITE food of all time. Also printed off the red beans and rice recipe – can’t wait to give that a try.
I’m already planning “usage” of my next batch of EMBread for these. My husband will love them. I want to add that hauling around little folks and growing folks … won’t last long … and then you will “wonder how you did it” – that’s when time really really goes fast. I read recently that the days are long – but the years are FAST. Just ask a grandma that has more grands – than children!!
Just got through making this for dinner. Highly recommend! Super fast and tasted great. I loved being able to modify for the cheese only set and still have something for my husband and me. Even the dog got one. She got the one with the dog hair on it! By 7:30 PM, I’m ready to just pick it off and eat it, but that wasn’t a short cut everyone else In the family was willing to take.
I cant wait to try this pizza..I will try to make this thanks for the recipe..
The muffin bread pizzas looks delish… Thanks for sharing these with us. Looking forward for a lots of interesting food.
Wow! these muffin bread pizza made my mouth watery. I ate Pandepizza when I visited Boracay for a vacation and it tasted delish…Thank for sharing these with us.
Love it. The Muffin Bread Pizza looks delish… I think I wanna try it. Thanks for sharing the delicious post.
With 4 and having 2 parents running always, we’re always just a smidge behind our best laid plans. 🙂 I LOVE pizza, we’re big fans here. Anything that looks that good, tastes great and makes my starving kiddos happy and fed in a flash, is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!
We used to have pizza using loaf breads and I can say that my family really like it.. We even have it almost every week because my kids are requesting to…
Wow, and I thought my life was busy! I always thought the “mom’s taxi” was a cliche, but over the years, reading people’s blogs (since I’m not a mom yet) it seems to be true! Hopefully you get a rest in between driving 🙂 These English Muffin Bread pizzas are genius! They’re quick and easy which is perfect! Oh man, if I could just get my hands on one of these! Beautifully done 🙂
Nicole de B. says
I don’t have children but my husband is addicted to the English Muffin bread! I can only imagine how he will be about pizza toppings thrown on top of it!
And next time, add a tiny drizzle of honey across the top of your “Hawaiian style” pizza. It sets off the salty ham and the onions perfectly!
Divine Grace says
This is a very unique pizza! Me and my husband loved experimenting when it comes to food… We should give this a try…
Oh Bec, I feel ya. With only 2, I feel like I’m constantly picking one up and dropping the other off. I can’t keep all the school and after-school activities straight – my calendar looks like someone threw up all over it. Whatever floats your pizza boat pizza. I love it.