Making and baking your own pizza has quite a few benefits over a pre-made pizza from the grocery store or ordering one from your favorite pizza deliverer. You can choose your own ingredients and be sure that those are clean and hygienically treated. Plus you will save yourself a few dollars each time you make one instead of ordering out. However, you will need a good pizza stone to get it to taste as good as your favorite delivery store. Cookie sheets or metal pans can get you crisp edges but will leave the bottom soggy, this is because they both lack the ability to absorb moist. A pizza stone is made of porous materials and will absorb moisture from the dough resulting in a crispy more evenly browned crust. Baking stones can also be used for other baked goods like bread or cookies,….
Place the pizza stone in the oven in a lower but not the lowest rack. Remove any other racks from the oven. Heat the oven with the pizza stone inside the oven to the desired temperature. While the stone heats, make your pizza on a peel or on the back of a baking sheet covered in cornmeal so the pizza can move freely. Transfer the pizza to the hot stone and bake for the amount of time indicated for your recipe. When the pizza is done you may want to tranfer it to a cutting board or a large plate so it doesn’t continue to cook on the hot stone and burn.