Achieving A Crispy Pizza Crust
Occasionally aspiring “pizza chefs” decide to create their favorite pizza pies at home. Firstly, the home pizza maker proceeds to gather all necessary ingredients for the highly anticipate pie. Once all ingredients are carefully arranged on the kitchen counter, the pizza maker prepares to commence the master pizza creation process.
Emphasis is placed on selecting the “perfect” blend of cheese and toppings. Also the precise blend of ingredients for the savory pizza sauce is selected. Typically, all eyes are on the pizza pie as it evolves in the kitchen. Once the pie has been carefully crafted, it is placed on a “pizza pan” and the master pizza baker slides the pie into the oven. Yes, into the oven it goes!
Some 7-12 minutes later, the pizza pie is removed from the oven. The master home pizza maker grabs the pizza cutter…. only to find that the crust is “doughy”, soggy, somewhat soft and certainly not representative of the crispy crust that you hoped to create. This is not the crunchy crust that you remember from the pizza parlor. What happened? Where did I go wrong?
If this sounds familiar, today is your lucky day because I’m going to solve this problem for you with two simple words.
A pizza stone is a flat stone or piece of ceramic or earthenware used to evenly distribute oven heat to pizzas or other baked goods. Pizza stones more or less mimic the effects of cooking a pizza in a masonry oven. The thermal mass and porous nature of the stone used also helps absorbs moisture, resulting in a crisp pizza crust.
Distribution of heat is important when baking pizza, especially when using conventional ovens found in most homes. If heat can be evenly distributed across the bottom of the pizza, moisture from the dough can be absorbed …read more
Source:: Home Pizza Chef