little caesars copykat pretzel cheddar pizza!

★★★★☆ 3 Reviews
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By Gina Davis
from Cedar Bluff, VA

Ok, I have been working on this recipe for a month or 2 (this is my 3rd attempt) and well I really think I got it! Try it and let me know what you think I truly think this is better than Little Caesars. Ohhh, it is just so good!!! ENJOY :) OHHHHHH and by the way, I am just so EXCITED!! LOL

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Gina nailed this copycat pizza. The soft, buttery pretzel crust with a cheesy center is perfection. The dough is easy to make and rises quickly. It's so soft and pairs well with the cheese sauce and toppings. So good!

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★★★★☆ 3 Reviews
serves 4 - 2 Slices Each (Prep includes DOUGH time!)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For little caesars copykat pretzel cheddar pizza!

  • PRETZEL DOUGH RECIPE
  • 1 1/2 c
    warm water 110 - 115 degree
  • 2 Tbsp
    sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    rapid rise yeast (I use Saf-Instant Gold Yeast)
  • 4 c
    all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1 tsp
    Kosher salt (or your choice)
  • TOPPINGS
  • 1 can
    Campbell's cheddar cheese soup (15 oz or 2 regular size small cans)
  • 16 oz
    sharp cheddar cheese shreds
  • pepperoni (as much or as little as you like)
  • 1/2 c
    warm water
  • 1/8 c
    baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter
  • coarse Kosher or sea salt (pretzel salt is best but i can not find it here :(

How To Make little caesars copykat pretzel cheddar pizza!

  • Sugar, water, and yeast in a bowl.
    1
    DOUGH: Add 1 1/2 cups warm water 110 - 115 degrees to a bowl of a stand mixer or med. size bowl (if kneading by hand). Mix 2 tablespoons sugar into water. Add 1 tablespoon instant rise yeast and give a quick whisk to combine it all. Let stand until bloomed about 5 mins.
  • Flour added to the yeast.
    2
    After 5 minutes, add 4 cups all-purpose or bread flour to the yeast mixture. Add 1 teaspoon salt. Set stand mixer to #2 speed and let mix and knead for 5 minutes. If by hand, mix until all is well combined and then knead by hand on a countertop for 5 good minutes. (you will have a soft but firm dough)
  • Dough rising in a bowl.
    3
    Spray a separate bowl with cooking spray (lightly) and place the dough into it spray the top of the dough lightly with cooking spray. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm draft-free place (I have found over the years of baking bread that the microwave is the BEST place! My oven has a proofing oven in it and I still use my microwave!) Let it do its thing for 30 minutes.
  • Dough pressed into a circle on a baking pan.
    4
    Remove dough from the bowl onto an ungreased pizza pan and roll as close to edges as you can get. Press the dough towards the outside to form the thick pretzel crust. When happy with the dough on the pizza pan just sit to the side to rest for 10 minutes without covering it.
  • Cheese sauce and shredded cheese in a bowl.
    5
    TOPPINGS: In a bowl add all the cheese soup and 4 oz of the cheddar cheese shreds; combine.
  • Cheese mixture spread over the dough.
    6
    Spread the cheese mix over the crust all the way to the edge.
  • More cheese and pepperoni sprinkled on top.
    7
    Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the mixture and top with as much or little pepperoni that you like.
  • Brushing water and baking soda on the crust.
    8
    Mix 1/2 cup warm water and 1/8 cup baking soda together until the baking soda is dissolved. Once dissolved, brush all the edge crust with it and wait a minute and do it again and again!
  • Salt sprinkled on the crust.
    9
    Sprinkle with as little or as much coarse salt as you like.
  • Pizza baking in the oven.
    10
    Bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 18 - 20 minutes until the crust is really nice and dark brown and all the cheese is bubbly and nice!
  • Pizza cooling.
    11
    Remove from oven to a wire rack to cool.
  • Brushing butter over the crust.
    12
    Melt 4 tablespoons butter and brush it all on the crust.
  • Cutting a slice of the Little Caesars Copykat Pretzel Cheddar Pizza.
    13
    Cool for at least 10 minutes to set the cheese sauce and ENJOY!
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