For years (years ago), a co-worker and I would go grab lunch at a Pizza Hut near our office almost every day. Back then, Pizza Hut always had a lunch special that consisted of a personal pan pizza and a trip to the salad bar. It was always the highlight of our day. The crust on the pizzas was fantastic. So, I was eager to make this copycat Pizza Hut Pan pizza. That’s one of the special things about food. It can bring back such fond memories.
I found this recipe at CD Kitchen, one of my favorite food sites. There are tons and tons of great copycat recipes at CD Kitchen… go check it out!
Pizza Hut Pan Pizza
For the dough
- 1 1/3 cup water at 105° F
- 1/4 cup non-fat dry milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 package dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for the dough
- 6 ounces vegetable oil 2 ounces per pan
- Butter-flavored non-stick cooking spray
For the pizza
- Pizza sauce we used about 1 cup of our homemade sauce
- Italian sausage crumbled, cooked, and drained
- Mozzarella cheese shredded
- Fresh mushrooms sliced, sauteed in Italian seasoning
- Combine the yeast, sugar, salt, and dry milk in a large bowl.
- Slowly stir in the warm water.
- Let sit for two minutes.
- Stir in the 2 tablespoons of oil.
- Add the flour and stir until a dough starts to form. Continue stirring until the flour is absorbed.
- Remove the dough to a very lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. The dough will form a wonderful consistency and smooth texture.
- Add 2 ounces of oil to each of 3 9" cake pans. Make sure the oil is spread out evenly in the pan.
- Divide the dough into 3 equally-sized balls. Roll each ball out to a 9" circle and place in the pans. Spray edges of dough with the non-stick spray.
- Cover the pans with a dish towel or a plate and place in a warm area (around 78° F) and let the dough rise until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 475° F.
- Divide sauce between pans. Add sausage, cheese, and mushrooms, or whatever toppings you desire.
- Bake pizzas for about 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and hardened and the cheese is melted.