Thursday, August 26, 2010

Instructions for baking a traditional pizza

In response to my Pizza Dough video, here are some instructions for baking a pizza using the dough prepared as per my recipe.

1. Preheat oven to 400° F. If using a pizza stone let it preheat in the oven as per instructions.

2 .Stretch one piece of dough into a 12 inch circle. Place the dough on a peel sprinkled with cornmeal or flour. For a traditional pizza, top with tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Other toppings may be added at this point. If using fresh sausage, make sure that it is fully cooked before using as a pizza topping.

3. Slide the pizza onto the pre-heated pizza stone and bake for 20-30 minutes.

4. If not using a pizza stone: place dough on a large oiled baking sheet and apply toppings. Bake as above. (Repeat the process for each pizza.)

5. The pizza is ready when the bottom is nicely browned and the sauce is bubbling through the melted cheese on the top.

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