By Kevin Williams
I have said before how Amish people are no different than anyone else: they like their pizza. But they also like chain pizzas and Pizza Hut is very popular. East of Chicago Pizza is a chain that is sprinkled throughout the midwest (hey, are there any East of Chicagos west of Chicago? If so, let me know!) and they tend to be located mainly in small towns. Well, East of Chicago is quite popular. Cottage Inn Pizza is a small chain in Michigan and it is also popular among the Amish. But, if you can't make it to your favorite pizzeria, then you can copy your favorite pizzeria. Amish cooks are some of the best "copy cat cooks", so if you like Pizza Hut, you might want to try this!
Two other Pizza Hut copycat recipes to round out your meal:
A Mennonite woman in Missouri gave me this "Just Like Pizza Hut" breadsticks recipe.
And if you really want to go all out, you can do Rosanna's "Just Like Pizza Hut" sauce recipe, because the recipe below is really replicating the chain's crust. The recipe comes from Bennie and Verna Schrock in Bunceton, Missouri. The recipe comes from the amazing "Apple Pie and Apron Strings" cookbook which is a superb cookbook published back in 2012 and it really does contain a TON of recipes, over 400 pages of Amish recipes from every corner of Amish America. Some of the recipes are a bit more contemporary than older Amish cookbooks, but it is still a great peek into Amish kitchen culture. I could only find one copy available on Amazon, which you can get here.
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- 2 tablespoons yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 cups cold water
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 6½ cups flour
- Pizza sauce
- meat (your choice)
- Pizza toppings (your choice)
- Sprinkle yeast over warm water.
- Stir in sugar.
- Let stand 5 minutes.
- Combine the first 5 ingredients with ½ cup flour.
- Now add rest of flour.
- Knead until smooth and elastic.
- Let rise until double.
- Punch down and shape to fit two 15 inch greased pizza pans.
- Do not punch dough up the sides of the pan.
- Let rise 20 minutes in warm place.
- Put on pizza sauce, meat, and your choice of toppings.
- Bake at 475 for 10 minutes.
- Then top with cheese and bake until cheese is golden and melted.