How to Cook Pizza on a Pizza Stone

How to Cook Pizza on a Pizza Stone

You don’t need a stone oven to make a “stone oven” pizza, flatbread, or heath bread. All you need is a baking stone, or pizza stone, to make crispy, delicious stone oven pizza.[1] A pizza stone absorbs the oven’s heat, and then transfers it evenly to the bread for evenly crispy pizza crusts. This eliminates the unfortunate circumstance of oven baked pizzas with soggy centers.


[Edit]Making Your Dough

  1. Get your ingredients. Of course, you can skip this entire part and buy pre-made pizza dough at the store. But if you’re looking for the full pizza stone experience, this recipe makes a great Brooklyn Style pizza dough. This recipe makes two pizzas. If you only want one, place half the dough in the freezer when you place the other half in the refrigerator. [2]
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    • 1 tsp. active dry yeast
    • 1/4 cup cold water
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 3 cups bread flour
    • 3 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  2. Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a large bowl. Let it sit for 5-8 minutes. This will create a bubbling action, or proof, which test the effectiveness of the yeast.
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  3. Stir in the salt and cold water. Once you’ve allowed your mixture to proof, mix in the salt and cold water. Follow this with the flour. Stir flour in 1 cup at a time until your dough is together enough to remove from the bowl.[3]
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  4. Knead dough. On a floured surface, knead your dough until it is smooth. It will take 10-15 minutes. Once you’ve gotten the desired smoothness, divide your dough into two even pieces and form each one into a tight ball. Coat each ball with extra virgin olive oil by brushing it evenly over them.[4]
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  5. Let the dough rise. Place your dough balls in sealed containers with enough room for the dough to rise. They shouldn’t take up more than half of the bowl. Let them sit in the refrigerator for at least 16 hours and then remove them an hour before you’re ready to use them.[5][6]
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[Edit]Topping and Cooking Your Pizza

  1. Preheat your oven. With the pizza stone on the bottom rack of your oven, preheat it to 550 degrees.
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  2. Dust your dough and your work surface with flour.[7] Using one ball of at a time, lightly dust your dough with flour. Stretch gradually on a flat, floured surface until it is about as big as your pizza stone (typically about 14”).
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    • A cutting board, a flat baking sheet, or a peel will work for your surface. A peel is a wide flat tool for your pizza. The front edge is typically tapered so that your pizza can slide easily on and off of it.
  3. Top your pizza. Once your dough is stretched to the desired size, spread your sauce and add your cheese. Top with the vegetables, meats, and seasonings of your choice.
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  4. Place your pizza on the stone. This will be much easier if you’ve properly floured your flat surface. Place the tip of your flat surface on the back of the preheated stone and slide your surface out of the oven so that your pizza is left on the stone. If your pizza seems to stick, try using a back and forth jerking motion to help it.
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  5. Bake your pizza. Your pizza will only have to bake for 4-6 minutes in the oven. Watch it carefully and remove it when the crust begin to brown. Remove the pizza by again sliding your flat surface beneath the pizza.[8]
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  6. Cut and enjoy. Be careful, the pizza will be extremely hot. Let it sit for a couple minutes before cutting to avoid burning yourself. You now have a crispy stone oven-style pizza.
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[Edit]Caring for Your Pizza Stone

  1. Let the stone cool. Turn the oven off after you’ve cooked your pizza. Let the stone cool completely before you take it out. This will take hours, so feel free to wait until the morning to clean your stone.
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  2. Use a soft brush, soap, and water. Place the cooled stone in your sink and clean it just as you would any other dish. Brush off any loose bits of food and scrub away anything that has melted to the surface. Don’t let it sit in water for too long because the material is porous and will absorb the water. If this happens, your stone could crack the next time you try to use it.[9]
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  3. Dry your stone. Use a dishtowel to wipe your stone dry and let it sit out on the counter to dry completely. Some staining is completely normal. As long as you scrub off any food, your stone is perfectly fine to re-use again and again.
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  4. Finished.
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  • The easiest way to transfer your pizza to the stone is to use a wooden paddle, called a peel.[10]


  • Cooking with a pizza stone requires a higher oven temperature than without. Be careful when opening your oven and when transferring your pizza.

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