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Lunchbox Pizza Bread (easy) | RecipeTin Eats

An economical, easy copycat of the fan favourite Bakers’ Delight pizza bread, a much loved lunch-on-the-run! Named as such as it’s designed to be tucked into lunchboxes and eaten at room temp rather than piping hot like normal pizza. Think: morning tea, picnics, hungry teenagers, freezer stash!

Overhead photo of slices of Easy pizza bread
Lunchbox pizza bread in a lunchbox
Lunchbox pizza bread in a… lunchbox! OK fine, it’s just a biscuit tin. 😂 With homemade muesli bar (coming soon!), baby cucumber, cherry tomatoes, grapes and Vegemite shapes (it’s an Aussie thing).

A homemade pizza bread

There’s a popular bakery chain here in Australia called Bakers’ Delight which sells a myriad of baked goods, ranging from sweet cinnamon buns to savoury bread rolls that are a convenient “lunch on the run”.

I’ve always wanted to recreate the fan favourite pizza breads. And noticing that the RRP has crept up to $4.90 (inflation!) was just the kick I needed to get moving on it.

Rather than making individual pizzas, I decided to take the easier option of making a large pizza slab then cutting it into portions. I then went one step further and decided to use a simple cheesy muffin batter rather than yeast-based proper pizza dough which needs hours to rise.

So here it is today – my pizza bread. It’s a great one for lunch boxes or taking to places, like morning tea at work because it’s designed to be eaten at room temperature.

Stack of Easy pizza bread slices

Ingredients in pizza bread

This is a quick pizza bread that’s based on a savoury muffin batter. Which means – no yeast, no kneading, no rise time. Mix and bake!

The batter

Ingredients in Easy pizza bread
  • Flour – Just plain / all purpose flour. Self raising flour will work in place of the flour + baking powder + baking soda but the crumb is not as soft or springy, and will not stay fresh for as long.

  • Baking powder + baking soda (bi-carb) – I know, it’s soooo irritating when I ask you to use both instead one or the other! I wouldn’t ask it of you unless it matters – and in this case it really does make a noticeable difference.

    Basically, both make muffins, cakes etc rise. But baking soda is like triple strength baking powder, and they have different rising qualities depending on what other ingredients are used. For this recipe, only baking powder = crumb not as soft or moist. Only baking soda = mound rather than flat surface. Combo of both = perfect!

  • Shredded cheese – Used to flavour the crumb and top the bread. Use your favourite shredded cheese (or cheese blend) that melts except mozzarella which doesn’t have much flavour. I use Devondale 3 cheese blend (mozzarella, colby, parmesan) which is my favourite store bought shredded cheese for both melting qualities and flavour (I’m in Australia).

    If mozzarella is all you’ve got, just add an extra 1/2 teaspoon salt in the batter.

    Pre-shredded ok! Usually I recommend shredding your own but in this case pre-shredded is fine, in the spirit of this quick & easy recipe!

  • Milk & sour cream (or yogurt) – These are the liquids for this batter. The sour cream keeps the pizza bread stay moist for several days rather than going stale the next day which is what happens to most muffins. For baking enthusiasts: the reason for this is because sour cream is thicker than milk so you don’t need as much flour in the batter to get it to the right consistency. Less flour = more moist crumb.

  • Olive oil – This too helps keep the crumb moist. This is because butter, the other most common fat used in baking, adds lovely buttery flavour but it firms up at room temperature = drier crumb. Oil, on the other hand, remains in liquid form which means the crumb is more moist.

  • Egg – This is the binding agent in the batter. We only use 1 egg and this is another reason the shelf life of this bread is so great: because more egg in batters = drier crumb.

  • Salt – For seasoning.

Easy pizza bread batter


I’m going for quick ‘n easy today, so I’ve used a store bought pizza sauce. However, if you’re a better person than me, please feel free to make your own (any of the 3 options are great).

Ingredients in Easy pizza bread
  • Pizza sauce – As noted above, this is just store bought. Use any flavour your heart desires!

  • Toppings – Pepperoni, sliced olives, onion and green capsicum / bell peppers. Feel free to use whatever you want.

  • Shredded cheese – I just use the same cheese as noted above in the batter.

How to make my easy pizza bread

You’re going to LOVE how easy this is! Ready?

How to make Easy pizza bread
  1. Whisk Dry ingredients in a bowl. I whisk the dry first so the whisk stays clean to use for the wet ingredients!

  2. Whisk Wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

  3. Combine – Pour the Wet ingredients into the Dry ingredients then mix with a rubber spatula the flour is mostly mixed in. It will still be lumpy – that’s ok!

  4. Add cheese then mix until you can no longer see flour. If the batter still has some small flour lumps, that’s fine as they will bake out. What you do not want to do is mix too much because this will activate the gluten in the flour and make the crumb hard and dense.

How to make Easy pizza bread
  1. Spread the batter into a 23 x 33 cm (13 x 9″) lined pan. I spray with oil then line the base and long sides with a single large sheet of paper, with overhang to make it easy to lift out later. There’s no need to line the short sides if you spray with oil.

  2. Toppings – Spread with pizza sauce, then top with onion, capsicum, olives and pepperoni (in that order).

  3. Bake 40 minutes – Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Then pop a baking tray on top and bake for a further 15 minutes. This will stop the cheese from getting a little too golden.

  4. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then 10 minutes on a cooling rack before slicing to serve.

    It’s important to follow recipe directions for cooling baked goods because they finish cooking inside. If you slice this bread when it’s piping hot, straight out of the oven, then the inside will taste a bit “doughy” and undercooked.

    This bread will still be warm after 20 minutes resting time. But it’s also specifically designed to be tasty at room temperature, for popping into lunch boxes! And it will stay fresh for 3 to 4 days.

Easy pizza bread fresh out of the oven

How to serve Lunchbox Pizza Bread

As mentioned at the top, this pizza bread is designed to be eaten at room temperature like a savoury muffin rather than piping-hot-straight-out-of-the-oven like pizza, easy to make in bulk (do 2 pans at once!) and freezes perfectly.

Which means it’s:

  • great to pop into lunch boxes – the original idea I had when I decided I set out to create this recipe, hence the name!

  • ideal to take into work for a shared morning tea

  • a handy breakfast on the run

  • useful to feed permanently hungry teenagers

It’s about 70% cheaper than buying pizza rolls from Bakers Delight. And finally, my last effort to convince you to try this? There’s nothing like homemade. Right? – Nagi x

Watch how to make it

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Overhead photo of slices of Easy pizza bread

Lunchbox pizza bread (quick)


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Recipe video above. A quick to make pizza bread, made for tucking into lunchboxes or a great savoury snack for morning tea. It’s something I created as an economical alternative to pizza bread from Bakers’ Delight, a popular Australian bakery chain. Use store-bought pizza sauce and pre-shredded cheese for convenience (true to name!), and whatever toppings your heart desires. Sour cream and olive oil keeps the crumb moist so it will stay fresh for 4 days in an airtight container.


  • Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F (160°C fan). Oil spray a 23 x 33 cm (12 x 13″) pan then line with baking / parchment paper (Note 3).

  • Whisk Dry ingredients in a large bowl.

  • Whisk Wet ingredients in a separate bowl until combined.

  • Combine Wet & Dry – Pour Wet into the Dry ingredients. Mix with a rubber spatula until the flour is mostly mixed in but the batter is still lumpy. Add cheese then stir until you can no longer see flour. Some small lumps is fine.

  • Assemble – Scrape into the baking pan and evenly spread – it’s not that thick, remember it rises! Spread the surface with pizza sauce. Sprinkle with cheese, then (in this order) onion, green capsicum, olives then pepperoni.

  • Bake 40 min – Bake 25 minutes uncovered. Cover with a baking tray (or foil) then bake for a further 15 minutes.

  • Cool 10 minutes in the pan then use the paper overhang to lift or slide out onto a cooling rack. Cool for a further 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

  • Serving – Great at room temp though for VIP’s, sometimes I warm it in the oven, drizzle with a swish of olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of oregano.

Recipe Notes:

1. Baking soda makes things rise differently to baking powder. Using a combo of both yields the springiest crumb, I found. However, it can be submitted with more baking powder – add an extra 1 1/2 teaspoons. It works fine but the crumb is not quite as soft.
2. Cheese choices – Any cheese that melts nicely and has flavour works best here. I use Devondale “3 cheese blend” (mozzarella, colby, parmesan). Monterey Jack, cheddar, colby, pepper jack, tasty cheese will all work fine here. Normally I am a stickler for shredding your own cheese but in the spirt of today’s recipe being a quick one, store bought shredded is fine.

Mozzarella doesn’t have quite enough flavour, I find, though if that’s all you’ve got it will work fine, just add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of salt into your batter.
3. Lining pan – single sheet covering long sides + base is enough, no need to line the short sides (as demo’d in the video).
4. Keeps 4 days in an airtight container. Keep in the fridge if it’s >25°C/77°F.
5. Nutrition per slice assuming 12 servings.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 260cal (13%)Carbohydrates: 19g (6%)Protein: 10g (20%)Fat: 16g (25%)Saturated Fat: 7g (44%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 46mg (15%)Sodium: 425mg (18%)Potassium: 189mg (5%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 2g (2%)Vitamin A: 529IU (11%)Vitamin C: 7mg (8%)Calcium: 228mg (23%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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