Deep Dish Pan Pizza

Monday 2 March 2015

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I have a husband who is not particularly fond of Pizza . . .  or pasta as you know.  He says he hate Italian food . . .  but he really just means he hates Pizza and pasta . . .  I keep reminding him that Italians eat a lot more than that!  Bake a pizza in a cake tin, and call it a tart and he is quite happy to eat it however.  A woman has to do what a woman has to do.  ☺

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I made these deep dish pizzas the other day and he quite enjoyed them.  I told him they were tarts and he was oblivious.   He had two helpings without complaining.

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I quite like these deep dish pizzas.  They have a nice chewy crust.   Todd doesn't like anything being too hard.  I make my own pizza sauce. I have done for years. It's a very good and flavourful one.  Nice and thick also.  You can find that recipe here. 

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I think any pizza is only as good as it's crust and it's sauce.  If you get those two right, the rest simply enhances what is already a very good thing.

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I like lots of cheese on mine and I am quite fond of olives, onions and peppers.  I like pepperoni also, but Todd doesn't.  I added a couple of hot dogs thinly slced the other day and they were quite good.

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In any case, if you are looking for a good deep dish pan pizza recipe with a good crust and a well flavoured sauce, you need look no further.  This one will surely fit the bill.

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*Deep Dish Pan Pizza*
Makes 2 9-inch pan pizzas 

A delicious homemade pizza, with a lovely thick crust and just the right amount of toppings. 

180ml of warm water (aout 3/4 cup)
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp caster sugar
245g of plain  flour (1 3/4 cup)
1 tsp salt
2 to 3 tsp olive oil
120ml of pizza sauce (1/2 cup)
120g of shredded strong cheddar cheese (1 cup)
130g of mozzarella cheese, grated (1 cup)
45g of finely grated Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup)
freshly ground black pepper
other toppings as desired (onions, olives, pepperoni, sliced hot dogs, mushrooms, etc.) 

Heat the water to just warm.   Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the water.  Let sit to prove.  Combine the flour and salt in a bowl.   Slowly add the water and yeast mixture along with the olive oil.   Knead with lightly greased hands until you have a soft dough which comes together and is smooth.  Shape into a ball.   Transfer to a lightly greased bowl.  Cover and allow to rise in a warm location for 60 to 90 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 230*C/450*F/ gas mark 7.  Lightly butter 2 9-inch cake tins.  Punch the dough down and divide in half.  Press into the bottoms of the cake tins to cover the bottoms and 1/2 inch up the sides.   Allow to rest for a few minutes.  Spread about 4 TBS of sauce on each.  Divide the cheese between each prepared crust.   Season with some black pepper and then add other toppings as desired. 

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until puffed and golden.  Slide out onto a board to cut into wedges.   Serve warm.

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 *Marie's Pizza Sauce*
Makes enough for two pizzas
Printable Recipe

This is a really good pizza sauce recipe. After experimenting through the years with different types of tomatoes, sauces and spices I think I have come up with what is a real winner. Delicately spiced. The sauce is what makes a pizza in my opinion!

2 cups of tomato passata (seived tomatoes)
1/4 cup tomato paste (sundried tomato paste is nice sometimes for a change)
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp chinese five spice powder
seasalt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid, slightly ajar and simmer on low for about 15 minutes. Let cool before using.


  1. We both enjoy pizzas..tarts;).
    I have made your sauce..delish!

  2. I can't fathom why Todd doesn't like pizza or pasta - I couldn't live without them :-) I do have an American friend living in Spain whose Spanish husband doesn't eat anything with tomato in it - raw, cooked, pureed, sauce ... all no go in her house. I'd find it hard to live with either Todd or her man :-)

    This looks lovely, versatile and tasty - plus a nice change from ordinary pizza.

  3. Wow, how can anyone NOT like pizza??!! We love it here and I make it about once a week. I make my own dough, but usually just open a can of tomato sauce and season that up for the sauce (gasp!!). I'm going to give yours a try, the Chinese Five Spice powder is a surprise. I usually use a little whole wheat flour in my dough, we like the taste it gives the crust, but I never seem to get my oven hot enough for the really crisp crust that you get from brick oven baked pizza.

  4. I am definitely going to try your sauce recipe, Marie.

    I always make my own crust and sauce but I like the Chinese 5 spice idea.

    If I can add a comment for Sharon, to get a really crisp crust get yourself a nice big baking stone. Preheat it in your oven for 1 hour at 500 degrees and watch your pizza closely, it will bake really quickly.

  5. Marie the Spanish Nurse we have living with us doesn't like anything with tomatoes either? It's wierd. I would have thought Spaniards would like tomatoes, but nope! Todd is fairly easy going, he grumbles a tiny bit and then eats it anyways! I am such a meanie! lol

    I think you'll like the pizza sauce Sharon, it's really nice. (Not to brag or anything, lol) And yes, a Pizza Stone is the key to a nice crisp crust!

    Thanks Darlene, I hope you like the sauce also!

  6. Your story reminds me of a friend who's children wouldn't eat coffee cake until she started calling it breakfast cake. Cake for breakfast was a hit!

    I love making pizza and eating it; will have to try your recipe. After mixing the dough, I slather it with olive oil before letting it rise. I find that makes the crust crispier.


  7. Sounds good Lorraine! I just flip my dough around in the bowl with coats it with oil. I do love a crisp crust too, but Todd he hates anything that is hard to chew.


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