Detroit Style Pepperoni Pizza

This Detroit Style Pepperoni Pizza is easily one of the best pizzas you’ll ever have! The thick crust is Foccacia-like. It’s bubbly, soft, fluffy, and crisp on the edges. The top is layered with cupped pepperoni, homemade pizza sauce, and lots of mozzarella cheese! It’s so good!

Typically, pizza is thought of as a harder and more time-consuming recipe to make. But the total time to make this pizza is only about two hours! In two hours, the whole pizza will be done and ready! Like how amazing is that!?

We have gotten a few requests to make pizza, so we thought why not make Detroit-style pizza? We’re sure you guys will love it, and honestly, it’s way easier to make than regular pizza! 


Warm Water: The water should be heated to about 110 degrees F.

White Sugar: Just a bit of sugar helps activate the yeast.

Yeast: This recipe calls for active dry yeast.

Flours: In this recipe, we use a mix of both bread flour and all-purpose flour. The bread flour gives the crust a nice chew.

Salt: Salt is a must in almost everything! Also, be sure to use kosher salt.

Olive oil: Some oil of added to the dough, and the other half is for the pan.

Thick-cut Pepperoni: Be sure to use large pepperoni, so they crisp and curl up.

Pizza sauce: We used homemade, but store-bought will also work in a pinch.

Mozzarella: Use cubed cheese, because traditionally, in Detroit-style pizza, the cheese is cubed, and not shredded.

Italian Seasoning: Just a bit to sprinkle on top of the pizza before baking for some extra flavor.

Fresh Basil: We love garnishing it with basil because basil adds such a nice flavor and color.

What is Detroit Style Pizza?

Detriot Style Pizza is a deep-dish pizza, made with a focaccia-like dough that’s soft an bubbly and gets crispy on the bottom. Traditionally, it’s made with Wisconsin brick cheese, but that can be difficult to find, so we use mozzarella cheese that’s cut into cubes, rather than it being shredded. Lastly, it’s also usually topped with lots of pepperonis that curl up into crispy cups while baking. So good!

We know once you guys try this, it’ll be your go-to! It sure is ours! It comes together in less than 2 hours, and is perfect for a party! (:

If you guys try this recipe out, be sure to let us know, and tag us on our Instagram @corrigansisters! We love seeing pictures of what you guys make!

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Detroit Style Pepperoni Pizza


This Detroit Style Pepperoni Pizza is easily one of the best pizzas you’ll ever have! The crust is Foccacia-like. It’s bubbly, soft, fluffy, and crisp on the edges. The top is layered with pepperoni, pizza sauce, and mozzarella!


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1 1/2 cups warm water, heat to 110 degrees

1 tsp. white sugar

2 tsp. active dry yeast

2 cups bread flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. kosher salt

2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided

7 oz. thick-cut pepperoni

1/2 cup pizza sauce

2 cups cubed low moisture mozzarella cheese

1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

fresh basil (for garnish)


1. In a large bowl, add in 1 1/2 cups warm water, heated to 110 degrees, and 1 tsp. white sugar. Whisk that, then sprinkle on 2 tsp. of active dry yeast, and let that rise for 5 minutes.

2. To that, add 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2 cups bread flour, and 1 tsp. salt. Mix that in with a wooden spatula, until it forms a dough. Add in 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and mix it into the dough.

3. Cover the dough and let it sit in a warm place for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Once it’s done rising, transfer it to a 9×13 inch pan and stretch it out to the edge of the pan. Cover and let that rise for 30 minutes, stretching it out every 10 minutes.

4. Place on a layer of pepperoni, and evenly spread on 1/2 cup of pizza sauce. Add on 2 cups of cubed mozzarella cheese and another layer of pepperoni.

5. Bake at 500 degrees for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Let it cool for 5 minutes, and slice and enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 400

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