Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pizza Hut Style Pizza Dough

One Friday night, our grill was out of propane (a cardinal sin in the summer, right?) so grilled pizza was not an option, so the thought of firing up the oven might be worth it to get some thick crust pizza!

My fascination with making Pizza Hut at home continues. I have made their Breadsticks before but a new recipe for dough intrigued me.

I had to really dust off my bread machine to use it for this recipe. It's been awhile since I fired that baby up. Luckily, it whirled like a champ! I love the smell of dough rising, and since this dough has onion and garlic powder in it, the smell was even more tempting.

Once the pizza was baked, it was solid, thick, chewy and very yummy. The bottom of the crust browned up nicely, and it wasn't "floppy" as usually is my issue with homemade pizza. It was a hit with the whole family, and the leftovers reheated in the toaster oven were good, too.

As for being like Pizza Hut's, I'd say it's 80 percent there - it needs to be a lot more greasy to match up to the 'Hut, but I happen to prefer my fingers grease-free. Next time I'll try brushing on some melted butter on the crust edges with a little sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top to see if that amps it up, but I'm still happy with this version!

This pizza dough can hold up to some massive toppings, so don't be shy about piling them on. I totally wussed out and just did cheese, but it needs some toppings to balance out all the crust.

Pizza Hut Style Pizza Dough
recipe adapted from Group Recipes

1 1/3 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

1 cup pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
Toppings, including but not limited to: cooked sausage, diced ham, chunks of onion, green pepper, mushrooms, pepperoni, or olives

Add ingredients to bread machine in order recommended by manufacturer. (My order is listed above). Set machine to Dough, and start machine.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Once dough is ready, place in two greased 9 x 13 inch pans. I used one 11 x 17 for a big, thicker pizza. Let rest in pan for 10 to 15 minutes. Bake just the dough for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until crust is baked and has some light brown touches (don't brown the whole thing). Remove from oven, top with sauce, sprinkle on shredded cheese, and add toppings of choice. Return to the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted, bubbly or lightly browned.

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