Garlic Bread Pizza Crust.
I’ve been seriously craving the Pizza Hut dinner box. I mean… SERIOUSLY.
Yes, Pizza Hut. Please tell me you’ve seen it advertised.
Now I firmly believe that people in this world are cut from two cloths: those who love Pizza Hut, and those who hate it. I, unabashedly, adore it and have since I was a child. Which didn’t help my cause, considering alllll my family members – including that guy I’m now married to – decided that they would rather have the hometown pizza joint’s pizza instead of the mass chain produced pie almost every.single.freaking.time.
Okay. Whatever. I totally understand. Sometimes I want that too. I’m not saying that the hometown pizza isn’t delicious. It usually is. But Pizza Hut is, like… Pizza Hut. It’s always the same. And it’s comforting to know that if I order a pan pizza, I’m going to ingest one of the thickest but fluffiest but chewiest smothered-in-butter, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside crusts. And if I order a thin crust, I’m going to get super slim and crispy crust and pretend that I’m eating healthy pizza with extra cheese, which is delicious even if you have to eat six pieces just to feel full.
The fact is that I love food so much (I mean, like SO MUCH) that every singly solitary bite I put in my mouth? I want it to be fabulous. I want to 100% love it. I want to live it. I want it to thrill me. And more often than not, I want it to make me feel good. No… great. Or amazing.
I am no where near a snob about my eats. It’s just that since we want to love, enjoy and FLIP OUT over nearly every bite we take? We spend time choosing what we will be eating during the week, especially if it includes going out to a restaurant. Really? We just want to freaking love it. I want to remember it.
Hence why I’ve been suffering through each and every Pizza Hut dinner box commercial for about three weeks. Going out for a nice little date or getting a $10 dinner box? Easy delicious.
Actually, I’m lying. The real reason I’ve been suffering? Is, uh… because I was embarrassed to tell my husband that no, I really don’t want to go out for filet with lobster sauce or pear gorgonzola pizza. I’d rather sit here in my sweat pants and order the damn PIZZA HUT DINNER BOX! Food blog what?? I just caaaaaan’t stop thinking about how good it sounds.
But that all changed this week.
As we were hanging … the commercial came on and I couldn’t hold it in anymore. I screamed “OMG I want that dinner box SO bad! I don’t know why, it just looks amazing. Pizza… breadsticks… CINNASTICKS! Ugh. I can’t even take it.”
But! But but but… he’s all “I KNOW! I’ve been craving it too. It looks so good. I want to dominate it with a liter of diet Mountain Dew. But I didn’t want to tell you because I love homemade pizza so much!”
Hmmmmm. Okay. Communication wins again.
So… we still haven’t ordered the Pizza Hut dinner box. I think we had full plans on doing so this weekend, but… but… then I made this. A few weeks ago while traveling, my husband had a garlic bread pizza crust and didn’t really stop talking about. I didn’t stop thinking about it. I increased my go-to dough recipe a bit for a thicker, fluffier crust, then covered every square inch with melted butter and garlic and even parmesan.
Garlic Bread Pizza Crust
makes one pizza
1 1/8 cups warm water (100-105 degrees)
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, pressed or very finely minced
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 2 1/2 cups flour, salt, garlic powder and dried basil, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but it still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work the additional 1/2 cup flour (you don’t need to use all if it is not needed) in to the dough, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface. Using a roll pin or your hands, form it into your desired shape (sometimes I use baking sheets and do rectangles or free form pizzas). Place the towel back over the dough and let sit in the warm place for 10 minutes. While the dough is rising again, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Mix it with the garlic and 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese.
Bring the dough back out and using a spoon or pastry brush, douse the outside edges with the butter and garlic mixture. You can spread the butter all over, just make sure to focus on the edges. Use it all up! Continue to make your pizza with your desired toppings. Bake the pizza for 23-25 minutes (or longer if needed, depending on your toppings), or until crust and cheese are both golden. While pizza is baking, melt remaining butter and combine with the last tablespoon of parmesan.
Remove pizza from over and immediately brush the outside edges with parmesan butter, using it all up. Sprinkle a bit of parmesan over top if desired. Serve!
Note: I realize that if you buy yeast in the packets, it can be a pain to measure 3 teaspoons. If you don’t want to do that, I suggest making a double recipe of this crust. However! I also prefer buying jars of yeast these days instead of packets, and just keeping it in the fridge, so I suggest doing that.
310 Comments on “Garlic Bread Pizza Crust.”
This is THE BEST pizza ever! It turned out perfectly. The crust was chewy, light, fluffy, crispy on the bottom, and tasted phenominal! I wouldn’t change a thing. I made it last weekend and haven’t stopped thinking about it, so its time for round two this weekend. Thank you for an amazing pizza recipe!
I’m doing, right now, here in Brazil, and my house smells very good!
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I added a tsp of fennel seeds to the dough also. Amazing! Next time I’ll poke some holes with a fork in the area where the toppings will go.
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Ok, seriously? This dough is so amazing that my boyfriend and I had to admit to each other that it beats the CRAP out of the dough at our favorite pizza place. Honestly, “A Whole New World” from Aladdin is playing in my head when I eat this pizza dough. THANK YOU!
This is the most delicious pizza crust I have ever made! It has replaced any other homemade pizza dough recipe I may have used in the past. I am finding that any other pizza just doesn’t have all of the flavor that this pizza offers. I even increase the garlic powder and garlic to give it an extra kick of garlic flavor. I also used fresh mozzarella for the first time when making this crust and it was awesome. Thanks for sharing such an amazing and delicious recipe. I am putting it in my recipe book as a definite keeper! :)
I just showed this to my boyfriend before I started making it and he said, “it’ll be like we’re having Hungry Howie’s!”. Guess he’s not a big Pizza Hut fan :) can’t wait to try it?
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The way you’re telling how you love food and how special every bite is, is just like the way I feel about it. It is a different kind of a world and I loved the way you express it. Also I’m going to try this recipe asap, probably on the weekend because it looks amazing. thank you
I love this recipe. I am always on the search for pizza crust and this one is the best by far. Next time I will try Bread Flour to see if it yields a chewy crust. The butter, garlic, parmesan combination is perfect. Thanks for sharing:)
I made this pizza last night, my friends have not stopped talking about the crust. So. Good.
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Have you ever tried freezing this dough so yo have some on hand? If so, what is the method you use to unthaw and cook?
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This has become my go-to crust recipe! I’ve made is several times in the past few months and it always comes out great. I would be curious about freezing it as well – would be handy for late week nights.
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I’ve used this a few times, and I just want to point out that this seems just about fool-proof! I’ve let the yeast sit for too long, the dough rise for too long, subbed in another sweetener, and every time it turns out ah-MAY-zing. Thanks for sharing – it’s so hard to find a good pizza dough recipe!
This recipe is so wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing :) I am allergic to dairy and even without the cheese on it, it is still amazing!! I just throw on extra toppings to compensate for the cheese :)
Okay so I have successfully made this crust with a variety of alterations. I have doubled and quadrupled it, and divided the dough and frozen it in sandwich bags. I’ve used half whole-wheat and half regular flour. I’ve found that parbaking it for 10 minutes gets the crust all the way done in my oven but my oven is very weak and that may be an anomaly. I’ve also taken this recipe and halved it, and made 2 thinner crust pizzas. This recipe is really foolproof and easily customizable!
I just made this….and it was awesome!!! I’m wondering though if you can freeze it??? I’d love to make the dough to give to a friend who is a little under the weather, but I know it may work better for her if she freezes it…..
ALSO…..I made the crust and used it for garlic breadsticks…..amazing!!!
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My mouth is watering, dear god this looks delicious. First thing tomorrow I’m making this!
It really is delicious. I made it a second time without the garlic butter on the crust to try and be healthier… Good, but not as amazing. I will be making this again tonight, but with 1/8 of the butter for the crust recipe. Y-U-M. I’m also going to freeze some dough and see how that turns out… =)
Making it right now for dinner… it smells wonderful already, can wait to bake it!
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I’m trying this out tonight as breadsticks with Spagetti. I have tried so many pizza dough recipes and am always disappointed. From the comments here and the delicious look of your photos, I’m hoping this will be “the one”. Thanks!
I noticed you were mentioning packets vs. jars of yeast. If the grocery stores in your area sell instant yeast, it’s much cheaper than jars or packets…I pay about $3 for a pound of yeast. It’s cheap enough that I can make bread whenever I feel like it.
I love this recipe, and use it all the time! It’s so yummy. I do have a question though.. my crust always gets HUGE! lol. What am I doing wrong?? It still tastes wonderful, I just don’t know why it rises so much. I like to think I am pretty good with using yeast as I make all of my own breads, rolls, etc, but I just can’t figure out what I am doing wrong here. Maybe I am not rolling it out thin enough? Thanks :)
Poking the middle of the dough with a fork will stop it from rising once it starts cooking. If you don’t there is nowhere for the heat to escape, and the entire pizza ends up inflating. I usually do just the middle, up to where I want to the crust. That way, the crust rises, but the middle stays flat.
Omg!! This is the best pizza i have ever had!!!! And so easy to make! I even made it the night before and put it in the fridge and it still turned out great!!! I dont think we will be eating pizza hut anymore! This is so much better!!!
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first I just need to say that we are pizza hut kindred spirits – NONE of my friends like it but every time someone even mentions the word pizza my mind wanders to “the hut” .. maybe I should get some new friends..
Either way I’m excited to try your recipe as it marries my two food loves – garlic bread and pizza mmmmm
my only question is when you and your husband came to the conclusion that you both wanted the dinner box WHY did you not immediately order it
This is going to be dinner tomorrow night! I also buy yeast and keep it in the fridge. That way, I always have it. :)
Just want you to know this sounds so yummy and I will be making it soon!
Also I have bought yeast in bulk for years… If you keep it in the freezer, then store a small jar of yeast in the refrigerator, you can keep the yeast for YEARS..
Thanks so much for this recipe.
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this was very tasty and easy too!
Just made this tonight and it was the flipping best pizza crust I have ever used. And here I thought all these years I was the dough goddess with a pretty good pizza crust. My problem with my crust though? It was always flimsy in the middle! Not this crust, it’s perfectly crunchy on the outside and chewy inside. The butter topping just tops the cake. I will use no other crust recipe again. Thanks for the awesome share!
OMG, I’m a Pizza Hut lover too, and much more of one before ’94 I believe when the doughs were made fresh. Now a certain big company makes it, and it’s not quite as good, but still pretty damn good. I worked at one for a while too, so did my hubby, and I actually procured a large pizza hut pan a few weeks ago! Now I’m trying your recipe this week in my pan on the grill, can’t wait!
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