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Published on May 20th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain

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Pizza Pizza

Good Morning friends! I just have to share this pizza recipe with you. I have to admit, I go through my pizza phases. Sometimes, I love it, but I tend to tire of it quickly if it’s not superb. I’d been in a slump. A pizza decline. Not being able to find good pizza. No, GREAT pizza.  We have a favorite restaurant that delivers good pizza, but it’s not GREAT pizza. And sometimes I will buy a plain pizza at the deli and top it myself, for a quick meal. But that crust, it’s just not the same.

We actually do not eat out often. Prices are high, the food is so-so and often really high in salt. I have other issues I won’t share, but to let you in, having worked in the food business, I know that the personal hygiene of individuals isn’t always up to par. (bleh!!)

So, being mildly addicted to Pinterest, I found this amazing recipe for Personal Pan style Pizza Hut type pizzas. I have a different version then the original post, so I won’t link it here. But you’ll see, this recipe is OUTSTANDING!!

Lookit- doesn’t that look delicious!!

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You can make this crust thick or thin, depending on the amount of dough you use to create your crust. I make this often and double the recipe so I can freeze the pizzas. I bake them off and freeze them, then stick them in the oven frozen at 400 for about 30 min. They heat up beautifully! ( and they fit easily into a ziploc gallon baggie)

You’ll need-

  • cake pans- I make a double recipe and create 2-10 inch pizzas, 2-9 inch pizzas, and 2-8 inch pizzas.
  • Olive Oil for the pans
  • dough- recipe to follow
  • cheese/toppings
  • sauce – homemade recipe to follow- or use jarred sauce.

First, you need to preheat your oven to 400 degrees. These take about 15-20 minutes to bake, depending on how melty you like your cheese. I like mine to be fully melted with a touch of brown. Also if you use pepperoni, make sure you add them last, they will crisp up and be amazing!

Dough

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 package self rising yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4-5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

In a mixing bowl, combine hot water ( I just get it hot as it will get from the tap) and yeast, add sugar. Let sit for about 1 minute to activate the yeast. I then add the milk, salt, and olive oil. Mix for a few seconds, then gradually add flour by the cup. When the dough is soft and not sticking to the bowl, but combined mostly on the beater, it’s ready.

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Use a rolling pin, and flour your counter. Take a ball the size of a softball of dough, and roll it out, being generous with the flour to avoid sticking. I roll my dough out into circle shapes. Take your cake pan, add about 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil and then add your dough circle to the pan. Any dough that overlaps the edges, just let that fall into the pan.

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You can choose to let your dough rise, or use right away. I prefer to use them right away. When the hubby and minions help, we assembly line. One person does the sauce, another the cheese, another toppings.  wha lah, we can make them in less then 15 minutes.

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As I said, put them in a 400 degree oven for between 15-20 minutes. The bottom comes out just a little crispy and the crust is amazing!

Sauce-

  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 3 heaping tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 3/4 cup water

My daughter adores this sauce, it’s a bit tart and sweet. You can use canned sauce or this sauce. I freeze the leftovers and either use it next pizza round, or as dip for mozzarella sticks. Just mix all the ingredients together and let it sit for a few minutes, you can make it ahead of time as well, as the herbs will blend better that way.

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If you want to be really extravagant, melt some butter and just brush it along that outside edge. YUM!!

This is truly an easy easy recipe to create, no more ordering out for sub-par pizza. Make your own and amaze your family at your awesomeness! Btw- if you make this as often as we do, you can have pizza faster then those 30 minutes or less guys.
Kristen



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