Cooking pizza on a pizza stone is one of the best ways to prepare homemade pizza. A pizza stone is an unglazed, flat stone approximately one-quarter of an inch thick and can be purchased at most retail stores that sell bake ware. The beauty of a pizza stone lies in its porous surface, which absorbs oil and moisture from the pizza crust. The first time a pizza stone is used, it is not unusual if some sticking is experienced as it takes repeated use to properly "season" a pizza stone.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Pizza stone
- Oven gloves
- Pizza paddle or baking tray
- Cooling rack
Place the pizza stone on the lowest rack of a cold oven.
Turn the oven on to 204 degrees C to preheat.
Sprinkle a pizza paddle or baking tray with cornmeal.
Prepare the pizza, placing the dough on the pizza paddle or baking tray over the cornmeal. The pizza dough should move freely on the paddle or baking tray.
Sprinkle the pizza stone with cornmeal.
Transfer the pizza from the pizza paddle or baking tray onto the preheated pizza stone.
Bake according to directions.
Use oven gloves and remove the pizza stone from oven onto a cooling rack.
Turn off oven.
When the pizza stone has cooled, remove any residue with a spatula. Rinse in warm water.
How to Use a Pizza Stone for the First Time
Tips and warnings
- Avoid placing a pizza stone directly in a hot oven or a hot pizza stone on a cool surface, as it might result in cracking.