Nothing says Christmas Eve like pizza.  However, the pizza joints close early.  I am always craving pizza and today I was craving Pizza Hut.  I know it is not the best pizza around but it is still tasty.  The Pizza Hut Pan Pizza has a unique taste that makes you crave it even when you think you want something else.  So I decided to hunt around for recipes and see how they stand up.  The first one that I tried was spot on.  The pizza came out great and the crust had that great crispy crunch that you look for.

Recreating the Pizza Hut Pan Pizza

Making the Dough

Add the dough hook to your stand mixer.

Put yeast, sugar, salt, and dry milk in the bowl of your stand mixer. Add water and stir to mix well. Allow to sit for two minutes or until the mixture starts to bubble. Add oil and stir again.

Gently add the flour and stir until dough forms and flour is absorbed. Then knead the dough with the dough hook on speed 4, for 5 mintues.

Knead the dough

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide dough into three balls.

Divide the dough into thirds

Pour 3 oz of oil into three 9″ cake pans making sure it is spread evenly.  I know it sounds gross, but without the oil you do not get that perfectly crispy crust.

Oil the pans

Roll out each dough ball into an approximate 9 inch circle. Then place into the cake pans.

Place the dough into the pans

Cover each of the pans with a plate or flat object and then let the dough proof/rise for 1 to 2 hours.

Making the Sauce

While the dough is rising, mix the sauce ingredient together in a sauce pan.  Heat with medium heat until the sauce starts to boil, then lower the heat to low.  Let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes before using.

The Sauce

Assembly of the pizza

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.

After the dough has risen, spoon 1/3 cup of sauce on the dough.  Make sure to leave a 1 inch edge.

Sauce the pizza

Top with 1 1/2 to 2 ounces of cheese.  Make sure not to overload it.

Cheese it up

Then top with your other favorite ingredients.  I love pepperoni.

Nice and even pepperoni slices

Bake for 10-15 minute or until the crust is brown and cheese is melted.

The Perfect Replica

This pizza came out amazing!

Copy of the Pizza Hut Pizza

It had the right texture and the right flavor.

Recreating the Pizza Hut Pan Pizza
Prep Time
3 hrs
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 15 mins
 
A copycat version of Pizza Hut style pizza!
Course: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 3
Author: Rex
Ingredients
Dough
  • 1 1/3 cup Warm water ~105 degrees
  • 1/4 cup Non-fat dry milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 package instant dry yeast
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 3 oz vegetable oil for each pan
Sauce
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dry basil
  • 1/2 tsp dry marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Instructions
Making the Dough
  1. Add the dough hook to your stand mixer.
  2. Put yeast, sugar, salt, and dry milk in the bowl of your stand mixer. Add water and stir to mix well. Allow to sit for two minutes or until the mixture starts to bubble. Add oil and stir again.
  3. Gently add the flour and stir until dough forms and flour is absorbed. Then knead the dough with the dough hook on speed 4, for 5 mintues.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide dough into three balls.
  5. Pour 3 oz of oil into three 9" cake pans making sure it is spread evenly. I know it sounds gross, but without the oil you do not get that perfectly crispy crust.
  6. Roll out each dough ball into an approximate 9 inch circle. Then place into the cake pans.
  7. Cover each of the pans with a plate or flat object and then let the dough proof/rise for 1 to 2 hours.
  8. While the dough is rising, mix the sauce ingredient together in a sauce pan. Heat with medium heat until the sauce starts to boil, then lower the heat to low. Let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes before using.
Assembly of the pizza
  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. After the dough has risen, spoon 1/3 cup of sauce on the dough. Make sure to leave a 1 inch edge.
  3. Top with 1 1/2 to 2 ounces of cheese. Make sure not to overload it.
  4. Then top with your other favorite ingredients. I love pepperoni.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minute or until the crust is brown and cheese is melted.

 

It was an all around great pizza.  The extra oil in the pan fried the bottom of the pizza to perfection.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

5 Comments

  1. Very nice, Rex. I just had to copy and paste this one to try quite soon. I agree about the unique taste of a Pizza Hut crust and the oil must be the key. Can't wait to try that trick.

    • Rex Reply

      Chris – If you can find butter flavored oil, it totally makes the pizza.

  2. go to the popcorn section of your grocery store and get the butter flavor popcorn oil.

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