Pizza Hut Crust Clone Recipe (Breadmachine) - Frugal Upstate (2024)

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Friday night is Pizza Night at the Frugal Upstate house! For the last 2 1/2 years more or less every week I have made homemade pizza on Friday nights.

The kids love it and look forward to it, feeling like they are getting “junk” food. Yankee Bill and I aren’t exactly complaining about it either-we both enjoy pizza.

One of the great things about homemade pizza, besides it’s very frugal cost, is that you can control what goes into it and on it. I tend to make mine a bit lighter on the cheese, which cuts the calories and fat. We typically make pepperoni and cheese, although frequently we’ll break out to broccoli (if we have fresh on hand) or tomato (with slices of fresh). I’ve even tried my hand at a version of chicken BBQ.

And let’s face it, although pizza toppings would make even a piece of cardboard palatable, there is something about a great crust that really improves the total quality of your pizza.

For the longest time I just used the pizza crust recipe that came in my breadmaker cookbook. It was a decent recipe-tasted fine and all-but wasn’t anything special. I always had the feeling that although I was saving money and being much, much healthier than ordering out pizza (or even buying frozen pizza) I was somehow sacrificing on taste.

So last year when Amy from MomAdvice started experimenting with different pizza crust recipes I watched with great interest. I’m the kind of gal that likes to learn from other peoples experiences, and Amy gave me some great ones to learn from!

She started out in her initial “Homemade Pizza” post by detailing the way her family makes pizza, along with two crust recipes and a sauce recipe. She even gave directions for freezing the dough! I have been known to make an extra crust and parbake it for 8 min or so before freezing it, but I had never thought of freezing the raw dough.

Four months later in “Pizza Dough Revisited” she tried a new pizza dough & sauce recipe from a slow cooker cookbook. That was a success – despite her aversion to dough rolling.

Fast forward another two months and in “Dinner’s in the Bag” she not only shared another new crust recipe, but a way to speed up the entire pizza making process and tips for how to turn one batch of crust into breadsticks.

You’ve got to admire that kind of perseverance. Finally she hit the jackpot, at least as far as I am concerned, with her Pizza Hut Clone recipe.

Yes, it has more ingredients than the other recipes, so it’s a tiny bit more of a hassle to put together. The taste however makes it worth it. I was in a head cold induced stupor the other day and mistakenly made my old recipe on pizza night-everyone noticed the difference and was disappointed.

So without further ado, here is the king of all pizza crust recipes.

At least as far as I’m concerned.

Pizza Hut Style Pizza Dough*

1 1/3 cups water
2 tsp sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp cornmeal
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Add ingredients to bread machine, according to manufacturer’s settings, and run dough setting. After the machine beeps, roll out the dough.

You can roll the dough into two 9×13″ pizzas (great for kid’s lunches!) or into two medium pizzas or a large pizza and an order of breadsticks (as instructed above).

Parbake the crust with a drizzle of olive oil on it at 450 degrees for ten minutes. Remove the crust and add sauce and toppings.

If making breadsticks, add your breadsticks at this time. Place into the oven for another ten to fifteen minutes or until golden and bubbly.


*Note: Reprinted with permission.
**Note: Photos by Jeff Kubina, Adam Kuban, and Javier Psilocybin respectively.

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Pizza Hut Crust Clone Recipe (Breadmachine) - Frugal Upstate (2024)


What does Pizza Hut put in their dough? ›


Does Pizza Hut use eggs in their dough? ›

Does Pizza Hut's pizza dough have eggs in it? The only pizza dough that contains eggs at Pizza Hut is Udi's Gluten-Free Pizza Dough.

What is the difference between pizza dough and bread recipe? ›

The main difference is that pizza dough is often made with a higher protein flour (bread flour is perfect). Bread dough can also be made with bread flour (of course) but some types of bread dough are better made with a lower protein flour like all purpose flour.

Does thin crust pizza use less dough? ›

Healthier - Less dough is used for thin crusts than deep dish varieties. As a result, each slice of the thin crust will usually have fewer calories and carbs than an equivalent slice of deep-dish pizza, making it an excellent option for health-conscious individuals.

Why is Pizza Hut crust so crispy? ›

The high heat and the yeast in the dough cause the crust to puff up and become crispy on the outside while remaining soft and chewy on the inside. The thickness of the crust can also contribute to the taste, as it allows for more toppings and cheese to be added, creating a more flavorful pizza overall.

What kind of flour does Pizza Hut use? ›



Does Pizza Hut make their dough fresh? ›

What many people don't know is that Pizza Hut has two models when it comes to making dough – one whereby the dough is made fresh in store and one where it is supplied frozen as a raw dough piece. “Both work and deliver the same great quality of pizza, but the equipment and training is totally different.”

What is a good egg substitute for pizza dough? ›

You'll want to start your crust-making process by making a flax egg. A flax egg is a vegan egg substitute that works extremely well in vegan baking. To make one flax egg combine 1 tablespoon flax meal and 3 tablespoons water, mix well and set aside for at least 5 minutes.

What kind of oil does Pizza Hut use? ›

The secret to perfect pan pizza is pressing the dough into a well-oiled pan (Pizza Hut uses soybean oil), then the pan is covered and the dough rises in a heated cabinet for 45 to 60 minutes.

Can I use bread dough instead of pizza dough? ›

Yes, you can, pizza crust is bread after all. You'll notice a difference in its texture though. The bread dough will produce a crust with a tighter crumb that be as light and airy as the one made by your local pizza parlor. It'll be like, well, bread.

Can I substitute bread flour for all purpose in pizza dough? ›

This makes bread flour higher in gluten, giving pizza dough a chewy texture. However, all-purpose flour will still work fine for pizza dough; you may just need to add a little more water to make the dough come together. The choice of which type of flour to use is really up to personal preference.

Can I mix bread flour and all purpose for pizza? ›

For our recipe, I'm choosing a thin-crust version that has the right amount of chewiness and thickness to cook quickly. For my Perfect all-purpose pizza dough recipe, I combine bread flour and all-purpose flour and find that the combination works very well for texture, cooking time, and handling.

What happens if I use less yeast in pizza dough? ›

I like to use instant yeast at 1.2% of the weight of flour in a recipe. If you use less, it takes longer to rise, but flavor becomes more complex. If you use more (up to 2%), the dough rises more quickly and flavor suffers, but takes on a yeasty flavor that some like.

Why is my thin crust pizza not crispy? ›

If you want to get a thin and crispy crust, follow the tips below:
  1. Tip 1. Use the 'low and slow' technique.
  2. Tip 2. Add oil to your dough.
  3. Tip 3. Avoid using toppings with too much moisture.
  4. Tip 4. Make your dough thinner.
  5. Tip 5. Add sugar to your dough.
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How do you keep thin crust pizza from getting soggy? ›

A Guide for How to Prevent Soggy Pizza Crust
  1. Add Bottom Heat. Ovens are usually the hottest at the top. ...
  2. Use the Right Temperature. ...
  3. Don't Use Cold Dough. ...
  4. Limit Your Wet Toppings. ...
  5. Order Delicious, Crispy Pizza from Neo Pizza.
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Does Pizza Hut use artificial ingredients? ›

PLANO, Texas, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pizza Hut announced plans today to make changes to its ingredients brand standards, beginning with the removal of artificial flavors and colors from its nationally available pizzas by no later than the end of July, the first national chain to make this commitment.

What does pizza dough contain? ›

Making pizza dough is all about the ratios. All you need is flour, water, salt, sugar, oil and yeast. The ratio you'll need depends on the crust you want to serve.

Does Pizza Hut use animal rennet? ›

Parmesan Romano cheese blend that is added to P'Zones, Breadsticks and Ultimate Cheese Pizza as well as some dine-in products contains both microbial enzymes and animal-based rennet. Customers can request that 'breadstick seasoning' or 'Parmesan parsley blend' NOT be added to their products, if desired.

What is the stuff on pizza crust? ›

Cornmeal gives the pizza crust a little extra flavor and crisp. Most delivery pizzas you enjoy have cornmeal on the bottom crust!


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