Make pizzeria-quality pizza at home by using a pizza stone. Unlike a metal baking pan, a pizza stone releases heat from the oven slowly to the pizza crust, giving you a crisp exterior and a chewy interior. Pizza stones create an environment in your home oven similar to the large wood-burning pizza ovens used in restaurants. But pizza stones not only cook pizza. The next time you make bread, rolls, cookies or biscuits, you can bake them on the pizza stone for a crisper crust and more tender texture inside.
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Things you need
- Pizza stone
- Unbaked pizza
- Pizza peel or rimless baking tray
Set the pizza stone in a cold oven and heat the oven to 232 degrees Celsius for 30 to 60 minutes to preheat both the stone and the oven.
Prepare the pizza until it needs baking.
Scatter cornmeal in a thin layer over the surface of both the pizza peel and the pizza stone inside the oven to prevent the crust from sticking.
Transfer the unbaked pizza crust to the pizza peel and use the peel to slide the pizza onto the stone in the oven.
Bake the pizza at 232 degrees Celsius until the crust cooks through, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your crust.
Lift the baked pizza from the stone with the pizza peel and leave the stone in the oven after you turn off the heat to cool completely.
Tips and warnings
- Never wash a pizza stone with soap or detergent as the stone absorbs these flavours and releases it to your food. Instead, wait until the stone cools completely and rinse off with hot water, scraping any stuck-on food with a scrub brush.
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