Pepperoni Pan Pizza

From Cook's Country. Like Pizza Hut pan pizzas.

Has Kim tried this? No

Dough

1/2 c olive oil

3/4 c plus 2 tbsp skim milk, warmed to 110 degrees

2 tsp sugar

2 1/3 c flour

1 pkg instant yeast

1/2 tsp salt

Topping

1 3.5 oz pkg sliced pepperoni

1 1/3 c plain tomato sauce

3 c shredded part-skim mozzerella cheese

1. To make the dough: Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 200 degrees. When oven reaches 200 degrees, turn it off. Lightly grease large bowl with cooking spray. Coat each of two 9-inch cake pans with 3 tbsp oil.

2. Mix milk, sugar, and remaining 2 tbsp oil in measuring cup. Mix flour, yeast, and salt in standing mixer fitted with dough hook. Turn machine to low and slowly add milk mixture. After dough comes together, increase speed to medium-low and mix until dough is shiny and smooth, about 5 minutes. Turn dough onto lightly floured counter, gently shape into ball, and place in greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in warm oven until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

3. To shape and top the dough: Transfer dough to lightly floured counter, divide in half, and lightly roll each half into a ball. Working with 1 dough ball at a time, roll dough outward from the center in all directions to form a 7-inch circle. Then shape dough with hands into a 9 1/2 inch round and press into oiled pan. Cover with plastic wrap and set in warm spot until puffy and slightly risen, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oven to 400 degrees.

4. While dough rises, put half of pepperoni in single layer on microwave-safe plate lined with 2 paper towels. Cover with 2 more paper towels and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Discard towels and set pepperoni aside. Repeat with new paper towels and remaining pepperoni.

5. Remove plastic wrap from dough. Ladle 2/3 c sauce on each round, leaving 1/2 inch border around edges. Sprinkle each with 1/2 c cheese and top with pepperoni. Bake until cheese is melted and pepperoni is browning around edges, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Let pizzas rest in pan for 1 minute. 

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