Pepperoni Pan Pizza

Pepperoni Pan Pizza

The recipe you choose for making dough is the key to a successfully baked pan pizza (or any pizza for that matter). With the recipe below, the finished pizza is airy, has the right amount of chewiness and great flavor. All without the greasiness you often experience with a pan pizza.

from America’s Test Kitchen, Episode: Pizza Party

Makes two 9-inch pizzas serving 4 to 6

1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup skim milk plus 2 additional tablespoons, warmed to 110 degrees
2 teaspoons sugar
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour , plus extra for counter
1 package  instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 (3.5-ounce) package sliced pepperoni
1 1/3 cups tomato sauce (see related recipe, “Basic Pizza Sauce”)
3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Step-by-step instructions:

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 tablespoons oil.

2. Mix milk, sugar, and remaining 2 tablespoons 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 ball. Working with 1 dough ball at a time, roll and shape dough into 9 1/2-inch round and press into oiled pan. (See illustrations below in Step-by-Step: How to Make Pan Pizza) Cover with plastic wrap and set in warm spot (not in oven) 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. (See illustrations below in Step-by-Step: The Amazing Shrinking Pepperoni)

5. Remove plastic wrap from dough. Ladle 2/3 cup sauce on each round, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges. Sprinkle each with 1 1/2 cups 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 pans for 1 minute. Using spatula, transfer pizzas to cutting board and cut each into 8 wedges. Serve.

Pizza Dough without a Mixer

In step 2, mix the flour, yeast, and salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the flour, then pour the milk mixture into the well. Using a wooden spoon, stir until the dough becomes shaggy and difficult to stir. Turn out onto a heavily floured work surface and knead, incorporating any shaggy scraps. Knead until the dough is smooth, about 10 minutes. Shape into a ball and proceed as directed.

Step-by-Step: How to Make Pan Pizza

1. Roll the dough outward from the center in all directions to form a 7-inch circle.

2. With the dough draped over your knuckles, gently stretch it, using the weight of the dough to make a 9 1/2-inch circle that is slightly thinner at the center.

3. Place the dough in the oiled cake pan and gently push it to the edge, taking care not to let too much oil spill over the top.

Step-by-Step: The Amazing Shrinking Pepperoni

Pepperoni – Before                    Pepperoni – After


  1. juji says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe! My husband and I gave this pizza a go tonight and it was one of the best slices of pizza we've had. Perfect. We give it a 10 out of 10.

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