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Almost like Pizza Hut Pizza

on January 8, 2012

 

One way we have found to save money is to learn how to make our favorite foods from restaurants.  If you know Zack, you know how much he loves pizza, and how much pizza he can eat!  I’ve been working a long time trying to get Pizza Hut tasting pizza and I’m pretty close.  This recipe is in no way healthy, but will probably be some of the best homemade pizza you’ve had.  Over the summer I figured the cost to be about $2.00 per pizza including toppings. (This recipe is for a Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough attachment.)

Tonight we had a spinach and mushroom white sauce pizza, and a pepperoni pizza.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 package or 1 tbs dry yeast
  • 1 tbs of sugar
  • 2 tbs oil plus a little more
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Pam cooking spray
  • Toppings and Sauce (sauce recipes below)

To Make:

  1. Put yeast, sugar, salt and dry milk into mixer.
  2. Add water and mix well
  3. Let rest for 2 minutes
  4. Add the 2 tbs oil, garlic powder, onion, and oregan and stir again
  5. Add 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time and mix until mixed in
  6. Switch to dough attachment, and add about another cup of flour. Mix on speed 2  Depending on the weather and temperature you might use more or less flour.  The dough is ready when the dough hook picks up all the dough from the sides and forms a ball.  When you touch the ball no dough should stick to your fingers.  You may need to add more flour or water to get to this point.
  7. When dough is done, divide it into 4 balls. (We cook 2 and save 2)
  8. Put enough cooking oil in 2 9-inch cake pans so that the entire bottom and sides have oil on them.  It should not pool in the bottom though.
  9. Using a rolling pin, roll out each ball into about a 9-inch circle.
  10. Place in cake pans
  11. Spray outer edge of dough with pam
  12. Place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours
  13. Pre-heat oven to 475
  14. When pre-heated, turn oven down to 400 and put pans in for 5 minutes. (until the tops of the pizzas are no longer doughy)
  15. Remove from oven and add sauce and toppings
  16. Bake for an addition 10  mins, or until cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown

How to Make traditional red sauce:

Combine 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce with 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp garlic salt and 1/2 tsp minced onion.  Bring to a boil, then let sit on low heat about one hour.  This sauce freezes really well, and if you freeze it in 1/2 pint jars its the perfect amount for a pizza.

How to Make the cheesy white sauce:

If you have never made a white sauce, its really easier to learn by watching someone, but I’ll try to explain how to make it.  Melt 1 tbs butter in a sauce pan.  While stirring, sprinkle 1 tbs flour over butter.  Quickly add a little milk while stirring until you get to a saucy consistency.  Add a little garlic and a handful of Parmesan cheese, stir till melted, and add a little more milk if needed.  This will make enough white sauce for 1 pizza.

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