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Jul 21, 2009 02:11 PM

Do I need a pizza stone or even a pan?

I'm going to start experimenting with Trader Joe's dough. I have a cookie sheet.

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  1. I don't make pizza at home too often, but I have a 12 inch cast iron skillet. I heat it in the oven to 500 degrees and then slip my dough into that to bake it. I make sure the crust is very thin so that it cooks in time with the toppings.

    1. i think you can do with what you have but you might want to look into getting some parchment paper.

      you can put your cookie sheet upside down in the oven. build your pizza on the parchment paper and slide the pie on the sheet, that's heated in the hot oven. it won't be as crisp, so don't overdo the toppings.

      people mentioned that you can par bake your crust, turn it over, top with sauce and cheese, and bake again, if you are concerned of the soggy crust situation.

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      1. re: jeniyo

        I have done the parchment/hot sheet pan thing with TJ's whole wheat pizza dough a few times and never was very happy with the results, since the interior of the dough still tasted raw even if the edge crust was thoroughly baked. I since read the idea of baking the crust first, almost fully, before putting on the toppings and will try that next time. Just hope the outer edge doesn't turn to wallboard.

      2. We use a cookie sheet or make personal deep dish pizza (to take for the next day's lunch) in glass pyrex bowls. Soy lecithin on the cookie sheet is helpful.

        1. Hubby & I make pizza weekly. We use a pizza stone and that works best. You can use a pan, but the crust will be crunchier and flatter. If using a stone, leave it in the oven at all times on the bottom rack, because it helps regulate the oven temp. Preheat the oven at least 1 hour, we always set the temp to 550. Another tip - put the cheese on first, then tomatoes and any other toppings. Good luck!

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          1. re: MelandEd

            I bought some clay tiles at home depot and cut them to fit the bottom shelf of my oven. Cost me about 6 bucks. A tile wet saw will do the trick, just find a freind who owns one. If you want to make a ny style pizza the stone is best if making a chicag or deep dish, you will need a pan., you can order everything you need to make awesome pizza from this site.

          2. You don't even need to put the dough on the pan, just use a rimless sheet pan to slide the pie into the oven on the rack, like a pizza peel.