Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pan Pizza!

A couple months ago I decided to try my hand at making pan pizzas in my large cast iron frying pans.  They turned out fabulous!  And I have it on good authority that some of you want to make pan pizza too!

I made my favorite whole wheat pizza dough in my bread machine:

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 cup hot water

Place ingredients into bread machine.  Run the dough cycle until ingredients form a smooth round ball.  If dough is sticky add a little flour, dry add water a few drops at a time.  Once dough is formed unplug the machine and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

You can totally make this without a bread machine.  Just mix it up in a bowl by hand or your mixer with a dough hook.

Thrifty Pizza Sauce

1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried basil

In a small bowl mix together until smooth.

Even thriftier?  Next time you make pasta sauce take out a cup and set aside.  I do this all the time.

To make the pizzas gather your favorite toppings and some grated cheese.

Oil your cast iron skillet liberally with olive oil.  Divide dough in half.  Pat out a nice sized circle and then press into the pan and up the sides.  Spread sauce in the bottom of the crust.  Top with cheese and toppings.

Bake in a preheated 425° oven for 15 to 18 minutes until crust puffs up and turns golden and cheese is bubbly.  Removed from oven, allow to sit about ten minutes, cut and serve.

You can make this as simple or gourmet as you like.  A new family favorite at our house, let me tell you.  Less greasy, much healthier and certainly a whole lot less expensive than the local pizzeria.


  1. Oh that looks so good! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. Oh yum,yum,yum! Thanks for sharing. I"m def. going to try these when my grands come back to visit next week. I have never used a bread machine, but really want to purchase one soon.

    1. Thrift stores have a bunch of them. Most are practically brand new!

    2. Ive seen them, but always been afraid to buy! I'll start looking a little closer!

    3. I have yet to find a dud. And if so, you haven't spent much. A lot of our thrift store allow exchanges if things don't work out quite right.

  3. Thank you so much for passing this on!

    My cousin taught us something we use all the time for regular pizza. Use your usual temp and pizza dough. Shape the dough onto an oiled pan, as usual. Now bake your crust until set, so it can be lifted off the pizza pan. Keep it on for now, add sauce and your toppings -- THEN slide it off the pan, right onto the oven rack. Bake as usual. It gets a delicious crustyness that way, without any soggy top.

    1. Your cousin is smart. I find with cast iron or a pizza stone that the crust turns out great every time. No crumbs in the bottom of the oven either. ;)


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