Pizza Hut Style Pizza

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For me, pizza and football go hand in hand. A homemade pizza is the perfect accompaniment for a lazy Sunday evening of football watching.

I usually make a traditional New York-style pizza, but when I ran across this recipe I knew I had to try it – my husband has a huge soft spot of Pizza Hut. This wasn’t as dead-on as some copycat recipes I’ve tried, but it’s a great approximation to make at home. We really enjoyed it.

Pizza Hut Style Pizza
(from CDKitchen)
Makes 3, 9″ pies

 1 1/3 c. warm water (105 degrees F)
1/4 c. non-fat dry milk
1/2 t. salt
4 c. flour
1 T. sugar
1 package dry yeast
2 T. vegetable oil (for dough)
9 oz. vegetable oil (3 ounce per pan)
Butter flavored cooking spray
1 c. pizza sauce
12 oz. mozzarella cheese
Toppings of your choice

Put yeast, sugar, salt, and dry milk in a large (2 qt.) bowl. Add water and stir to mix well. Allow to sit for two minutes. Add oil and stir again. Add flour and stir until dough forms and flour is absorbed.

Turn out on to a flat surface and knead for about 10 minutes. Divide dough into three balls. In three 9″ cake pans, put 3 Oz. of oil in each making sure it is spread evenly. Using a rolling pin, roll out each dough ball to about a 9″ circle. Place in cake pans.

Spray the outer edge of dough with cooking spray. Cover with a plate. Place in warm area and allow to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 475F degrees.

Spoon 1/3 cup sauce on  each pizza dough and spread to within 1″ of edge. Distribute 4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese on sauce and add on any additional toppings you want.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and outer crust is brown.

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