Questions about pizza preparation, baking, and equipment.

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Why does a pizza stone make my pizza dough bread-like?

I have an aluminum pizza pan with a perforated bottom. It looks like this: Not long ago I purchased a pizza stone, which I got mainly because everyone raves about them. However, the results have ...
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Why didn't the toppings on my pizza stick to the dough?

I made homemade pizza the other night and it was delicious except for the fact the toppings wouldn't stay on the cooked dough. It was a Chicken Alfredo pizza with green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and ...
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Cooking with a pizza stone

As per a recent question of mine I intend to use the underside of an old granite chopping board as a makeshift pizza stone, once I've finishing testing that it won't break due to thermal shock.. Do I ...
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transfer pizza onto stone without sticking

After I have made my pizza and put the toppings onto it, I find that I am unable to transfer the pizza on to the pizza stone in the oven. When I try to do it the pizza goes out of shape, gets folded, ...
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How do I get a chewy crust from homemade pizza dough?

There's a local pizzeria that makes a crust I really like and I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong in reproducing it. The crust (under the toppings) is about a 1/4in thick. If you look at it ...
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Can I use Cheddar cheese for pizza?

I know that most of the time Mozzarella cheese is used for pizza and often in combinations with other cheeses including cheddar. I have noticed in quite a few things I cook like sandwiches, ...
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What is the difference between pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce?

Pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce are both tomato-based, have roughly the same seasoning (Italian) and look a like. However, I (and a friendly user here) think there is a difference between the two. So ...
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What is the best flour to use for pizza dough?

I've been making pizza dough and the recipe says to use "good quality flour" but I'm not sure what it means? Are there differences in quality between different types of flour and how can I tell?
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Pizza dough is way too wet, already in the oven. Fix?

I'm cooking some pizza with homemade dough, using rice flour. I put all of the toppings on the pizza already, and put it in the oven. It's been there for quite some time, but the dough is just way too ...
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Frozen pizza kept at room temp (23 C) for 48 hours - safe to use?

I bought a salami pizza and a Hawaii pizza (ham & pineapple) the night before yesterday, but forgot to put them in the freezer. This is the latter, soggy part removed: Normally they should cook ...
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What's the best water temperature for making Pizza dough

I know the dry yeast proofing is at 100 - 110F, but what about the water that goes into the flour?
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Napoletana Pizza dough not elastic and breaking

I made a Napoletana Pizza dough with the following amounts: 4 cups of flour, 2.25 teaspoon of Salt, 1 teaspoon of active yeast, 12 ounces water and 1 teaspoon of sugar After kneading, I left it rise ...
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Mixing both gluten production and milk

I would like to get tenderness from both the leavening and the milk, when and where I should add the milk ? My recipe is based on sourdough starter, wheat flour and water, plus oil and salt. I'm ...
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Rolling out after or before the leavening process?

Assuming that you want to create home made pizza and bread, it's better to create the final shape when you create your dough or after the leavening ? I think that part of the problem is the fact that ...
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Crispier pizza crust. What surface to go for in a home oven?

After having read most of serious eats' recommendations for better home oven pizzas, I still have a question regarding the surface to be used to achieve a better and crispier crust. I am on a budget ...
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The role of the gluten in an acid environment

When you make sourdough bread, you usually want more sourdough if you are using a flour with a low percentage of gluten ( minor strength ) and less sourdough if your flour has a good strength . Now ...
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Baking side of pizza stone

How do I tell which side of my pizza stone is the top side and is the side to bake a pizza on? I did not buy the stone but was given to me some years ago and I have not used it because I do not know ...
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Is our oven at work powerful enough to bake pizza?

Do all thick based pizzas require an oven temperature of at least 300°C (575°F) to cook better as per our reference manual?
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Cooking own pizza in a microwave

Can I make my own pizza dough and cook it in the microwave? Is there any chance that I could reach acceptable results?
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Red and blue Antimo Caputo 00 flour

What's the difference between the flour in the blue bag vs the red? I'm not even sure which one I have since my local Italian shop re-bags it, but I've seen the red bags in the store, so I kind of ...
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Food processor for pizza dough

I'm happy that the recipes for New York style pizza from Serious Eats and from ATK both use a food processor to make the dough. I'm giving those recipes a shot as soon as my baking stone arrives from ...
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Pizza stone or firebricks to fix uneven cooking

I have a Zanussi commercial gas oven... probably 15 yearas old but in good condition....and it cooks unevenly. Am wondering if placing a pizza stone or fireplace bricks on the bottom will help ...
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Does all pizza have butter?

Does pizza normally get made with Butter? For example, if someone is allergic... or has an intolerance, to butter do they need to avoid pizza? What about individual pizza companies like Pizza hut, ...
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Baking pizza without an oven

How can I bake a pizza without an oven (or any other fancy stuff, so no suggesting of charcoal, sun oven, and so on). Just using a plain heating element on the bottom, like a burner, what are the ...
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Too much yeast in pizza dough

The recipe only called for 1tsp of yeast, but when I opened the package I poured almost the whole thing (2-1/2 tsp) into the water. Now it is just sitting there not rising. How can I fix?
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What's the difference between a Stromboli and a Calzone?

On the east coast Italian restaurants (or pizza shops) sometimes offer both Strombolis and Calzones. Sometimes it seems that Calzones are a 'type' of Stromboli, because the menu has a single Calzone ...
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True Verace pizza Napoletana recipe for home pizza

I've been reading a lot of recipes of "verace pizza" which consistently go off the original recipe (source: Verace Pizza): Water 1000 ml Salt 50-55 g Yeast 3 grams. (!) Flour 1.7/1.8 kg Mix for 10 ...
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When should I add spinach to homemade pizza?

When making pizza, do you put the spinach on raw or cooked? I would prefer to put it on raw, but I am concerned that the high water content in the spinach will release in the oven and make the crust ...
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How far in advance can I stage pizza?

We're having friends over and I'd like to make 3 or 4 pizzas. I'm considering stretching out the dough and put on the toppings ahead of time, say an hour ahead of when I pop them in the oven. How long ...
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What cheeses have the least amount of whey in them (or not at all)?

What cheeses have the least amount of whey in them or not at all?
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Neapolitan Pizza in a regular gas oven

I am trying to master the homemade Neapolitan pizza, from dough preparation to cooking it. After following the recommendations at Seriouseats.com for the dough preparation, I came across some doubts ...
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Ideal temperature and method to bake a deep dish pizza

What is the ideal temperature to bake deep dish pizza, and for how long? I want to bake a deep pan pizza with toppings of mushrooms, olives and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. I have an electric oven. ...
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What is the importance of letting pizza dough sit?

I am relatively new to pizza making... I've made 10 pizzas or so. I am having trouble understanding the process the yeast makes it my dough... I see recipes ranging from 1/2 TS to 2 TS of yeast, ...
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Fresh tomatoes for home-made pizzas, is it worth it?

I figured fresh tomatoes would be the best choice for making a tasty pizza sauce, so I bought like 8 kg of fresh Roma tomatoes as I found a good price opportunity, to make jars. I already made a try ...
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homemade pizza - getting the dough crispy

When I put my pizza in the hot oven, the top crust gets blackened, but the bottom crust doesn't really cook enough. I want the bottom crust, the part that is underneath the cheese and tomato sauce, ...
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How to avoid getting the pizza all watery?

When I cook pizza it gets all watery. There's literarily water formed on top of the dough. I believe it's released by the mozzarella, but I'm not totally sure. Any ideas how to avoid this? Some more ...
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Salt 'n pizza (how much salt should be in the dough)

I've made a pizza today and thought the dough could use a little more salt. I've looked at this answer and have a question about the salt ratio. How is it calculated? The percentage of flour, or the ...
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Water in the microwave to reheat pizza better

I've seen this claim various times on the Internet; for example at http://imgur.com/vlh4M Put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza to keep the crust from getting chewy ...
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Any advantage to kneeding down pizza dough 3 times

I found though experimentation that while my pizza dough recipe said to only knead the pizza dough once then let it rise, that the dough came out better if I punched it down, kneaded it, then let it ...
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How to remove pizza pan from oven without a peel?

I was given a set of mini-pizza pans for making personal sized pizzas, but I noticed these pans don't have handles or ridges around the edge like my larger pizza pan to grip with my oven mitt. I don't ...
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Pizza in Oven : Bottom/Mid/Top

I make pizza in a baking tray in my oven. My question is where do I place my baking tray in the oven, the bottom top or middle? The resources I have seen so far on the internet are far too ambiguous. ...
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Pizza Dough Seasoning

King Arthur sells pizza dough flavoring on their website. I'm looking to try to homemake some since my dough is a little bland. The ingredients listed include cheese (maybe Parmesan or Romano,) garlic ...
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Something wrong with pizza dough - 3rd time in a row

I was pretty sure I had my recipe and method nailed, done tens of pizzas with it but it failed me now for the third time in a row. It's driving me nuts, I had to throw away dough worth 15 pizzas. The ...
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How to prevent pizza dough from stretching back

I have a problem with my pizza dough. I start to shape it but it is somewhat difficult to make it bigger and thinner because the dough stretches back to its initial form. Any ideas?
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How can huge bubbles in pizza crust be prevented?

When making pizza, often the dough bubbles up hugely, displacing toppings and generally making a mess of the pie. Are there any secrets to preventing this? Does the key lie in the dough recipe, the ...
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How can I get a takeaway style pizza base?

I would like to make a pizza base that is similar to takeaway pizza, in other words a base that is quite thick, spongy, chewy and stretchy. Domino's and Papa Johns are examples of the kind of base, ...
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Cook Time vs. Cook Temp trade off

So I've always thought of cooking this way: Higher Temp & Less Cook time = crispier vs. Lower Temp & More Cook time = softer Now obviously this doesn't apply to everything, but generally. ...
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Should chicken be cooked beforehand while making pizza?

I was just wondering if I can arrange raw chicken on the pizza base and cook everything along or if I should cook the chicken first separately.
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Can I make a good pizza in a home portable oven?

I have a portable small oven with a max temperature of 250°C. There are two hot bars, one at the top and the other at the bottom. First of all, I'm not sure that I can get good pizza in that. My ...
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What are the impacts of common pizza dough errors?

I'm diving into the world of making pizzas from scratch, and I'd like to take a systematic approach to the possible mistakes I could make with regards to the dough. What impact do each of the ...