I found a recipe on Pinterest for Pizza Hut Pan Pizza and I modified it a bit and it was delicious! I should have taken more pictures, but halfway through I decided to stop taking pictures in case it didn’t work. I figured I would blog about it when I made it with the kids if it was successful, but it was so good I am just going to tell you about it now! We all know I am no photographer anyway.
What you will need:
1 1/3 cup warm (not hot!!) water
1/4 cup dry milk (or decrease water to 1/3 cup and use 1 cup of milk instead of milk powder)
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 package dry yeast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (for dough)
3 ounces vegetable oil (1 ounce per pan)
First pour the salt, dry milk, sugar and yeast into the bowl. We made two batches of the recipe, one using dry milk and one using regular milk and decreasing the water. Both tasted the same, but it is easier to use the dry milk because the regular milk has to be heated with the water and you have to keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn.)
Next you want to heat the water (and milk if using liquid milk) to just 105 degrees. I used a meat thermometer to decide when it was hot enough. Once you reach approx 105 degrees pour the liquid into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Now just let this mixture sit for about 2 minutes.
Once you two minutes have gone by, add 2 tablespoons of oil to the mixture and stir well. Next, add flour, one cup at a time to the liquid mixture until you have added 3 cups. At this point, it starts to get more difficult to add the flour. Spread the last cup on the counter and dump the dough out onto the remaining flour. I took the advice of one of the commenters on the blog where I found the original recipe and worked the final cup of flour into the dough ball during the kneading process. By the time you have worked all of that flour in (and in our experience there was still a little left over and that’s okay!) you will have been working the dough for about 10 minutes, which is what is suggested. One you are finished, divide the dough into 3 equal amounts.
The recipe I found called for 3 ounces of vegetable oil per pan. One of the reasons that we rarely order Pizza Hut pizza is because of the cost and the amount of grease on the slices. I reduced this amount to just 1 ounce per pan and it worked wonderfully! Put the oil in the pan and spread it so that it is even throughout the pan. Next, roll out the dough so that it is the size of a 9 inch cake pan. Place the dough in the pan, cover with a plate and place in a warm spot for approximately an hour and a half.
Once the dough has had a chance to rest and rise a little, preheat the over to 475 degrees. Brush the dough with a little olive oil so that toppings do not make the dough soggy. Cover with sauce up to the outer inch. Add cheese and the toppings of your choice, making sure to leave a small well in the middle of the pizza because this is the spot least likely to cook properly and the fewer toppings you have there, the better chance the dough has to cook thoroughly.
I cooked mine for approximately 13 minutes, but keep a close eye on yours, since over temperatures and times may vary. Take out of the oven when the crust is a pretty golden brown and the cheese is properly melted. In addition to using 9 inch cake pans, I also tried with a 9 inch Pyrex baking dish because I ran out of cake pans and they all turned out great, so if you only have 2 round cake pans, you can also use a glass pan as well. I don’t know the exact measurements, but I imagine a 9 x 13 baking pan would do well also. Slice up, serve and enjoy!
The blog I was looking at was called CDKitchen and it also gave a recipe for pizza sauce, and can be found here. Instead of using the recipe that was listed, I used my recipe for making cheap jarred sauce taste better. You can find that with my super good, super easy stromboli recipe here. The original recipe claims to be Pizza Hut Pan Pizza and I wouldn’t go that far, but it was good and very close. Maybe with a recipe that is closer to that of Pizza Hut for the sauce it would taste more like it, but I am not sure. Regardless, it was much easier on the pocketbook and super good! There wasn’t any leftovers and the kids loved helping and making their own portions! Next time we make it, I will take more pictures and add them here.