Prep1 hr 45 mins
An easy recipe from a copycat site posted in response to a recipe request. Cooking time is approximate.
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon dry oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon marjoram
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dry basil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 1⁄3 cups warm water (105 F)
- 1⁄4 cup non-fat powdered milk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (for dough)
- 9 ounces vegetable oil (3 ounces per pan)
- butter-flavored Pam cooking spray
Toppings of your choice
- pepperoni or ham or chopped vegetables or cooked ground sausage or beef
- 16 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
- Combine sauce ingredients and let sit for 1 hour.
- Put yeast, sugar, salt, and dry milk in a large bowl.
- Add water and stir to mix well.
- Let rest for two minutes.
- Add oil and stir again.
- Add flour and stir until dough forms and flour is absorbed.
- Turn out on to a flat floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed, until elastic and no longer sticky.
- Divide dough into three balls.
- Put 3 ounces of oil in each of three 9-inch cake pans, making sure it is spread evenly.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out each dough ball to about a 9-inch circle.
- Place in cake pans.
- Spray the outer edge of dough with Pam and cover with a plate.
- Place in warm area and allow to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 475°F.
- For each 9" pizza, spoon 1/3 cup sauce on dough and spread to within 1-inch of edge.
- Distribute 1 1/2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese on sauce.
- Place toppings of your choice in this order: Pepperoni or ham, vegetables, meats (cooked ground sausage or beef) Top with 3 ounces mozzarella cheese.
- Cook until cheese is bubbling and outer crust is brown.
- Serve hot.
I have been trying out various pizza dough recipes for years now unable to find the perfect texture and flavor I was looking for. I am so glad I came across this one. It is THE dough recipe I will use from now on. (I haven't made the sauce yet) I made a few slight changes. I heat the oil for the bottom of the pan with a clove of garlic on medium heat until the garlic "fizzes". Then I set it aside to come to room temperature and until the dough is ready to go in the pans. I also always let my yeast mixture sit for longer than stated, anywhere from 10-20 minutes, and I add the salt to the flour.
This dough seems to be very forgiving too. The first 2 times I made this I didn't have powdered milk so I substitued warmed milk for a portion of the water. The 3rd time (this evening), I completely forgot to add the oil to the dough. It came out really dry and I thought that I added too much flour. I ended up adding a few tablespoons of water to the dough until it felt "right". I remembered the oil when it was much too late but it still turned out GREAT! The kids even said that it was the best pizza I have ever made.
The type of pan really makes a difference too. I have an actual Pizza Hut pan that my mother let me have. (she got it from someone that use to work for Pizza Hut 20 years ago) It is a thick, dark deep dish type pan. The pizza omes out perfect. The crust comes out exactly like thiers. Soft on the inside with a thin layer of crispy golden crust. My airbake pizza pans don't come out as well, but they are still really good pizzas.
This recipe makes a great pan pizza! I do have to say tasting the crust by itself, it is very similar to the taste of pizza huts. I didnt make the pizza sauce recipe. I only put about 1 1/2 - 2 oz. of oil into the bottom of the pans and it was perfect. At 475, I put them on the bottom oven rack and they are done in aprox. 10 - 12 minutes with a nice brown and crunchy crust! I couldnt believe how crispy the crust came out each time but was still soft and fluffy in the middle. I didnt make the whole 3 pizzas at once since theres just two of us. I made one the first night and put the dough in the fridge to make the other two a couple days later. The last two still came out as perfect as the first. Great recipe! I will always use this when I'm craving pan pizza!
We loved this recipe! The sauce was good, I thought it had just the right amount of spices. We put 2oz oil on bottom of pans instead of 3..but I wouldn't put less than that, it really makes the crust a nice golden brown on bottom. We put one teaspoon of yeast. Pizza's were done in 10 min...but my oven tends to cook fast. I actually thought this was better than Pizza Hut. Thanks for posting!