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How to best bake your pizza

I love a good pizza. Love to make them and bake them. Love kneading the dough. Click here for our dough recipe. There is something quite cathartic about it for me. First, you destress a little by kneading the dough to get some of that stress out of the system. Then you relax while the rising process is happening. Once that’s sorted, fire up a smile on the face while turning on the oven or barbecue. Then divide and roll out the dough with care. And finally, treat yourself with all your favorite toppings. Now that we have a pizza that is ready to go in the oven. We need to make sure we don’t mess it up in the oven. We figured it out for you, you can find all the instructions below.

Pizza

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner, Snack, Treat
Cuisine: Italian

Equipment

  • Rolling Pin
  • Tin foil
  • Spoon

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough
  • Tomato sauce
  • Mozzarella grated and fresh
  • Pepperoni

Instructions

Preparations

  • Grab a portion of pizza dough and roll it out on a flour-dusted work surface. (1/2cm / 1/4 inch). For easy use, transfer to a piece of tinfoil.
  • Spoon a few tablespoons of tomato sauce on the dough and spread it around. Be careful not to put too much a little goes a long way. You don't want to have a super wet pizza.
  • Sprinkle grated mozzarella on top of the pizza and add some slices with pepperoni. Lastly, I like to top it with some extra slices of fresh mozzarella.

If you are using a conventional oven

  • Preheat the oven to 250℃ / 482℉
  • If you have a wire rack, place that on the bottom row of the oven right above the heat source. Just make sure the wire rack holds the pizza's shape if it doesn't grab a baking tray instead. Let it sit in the warm oven for 20 minutes.
  • Place the pizza on top of the tray or rack on let it bake for 8-10 minutes. It can be quicker, so keep an eye out.
  • The top will bake faster than the bottom that's why we are placing it so close to the bottom heat source.
  • Take it out and enjoy your fresh pizza.

If you plan on using a bbq or a convection oven

  • Preheat the oven to 250℃ / 480℉ or turn on the bbq.
  • You will have to use a pizza stone with these techniques, which you will place well in advance to heat up to 250℃ / 480℉. This is a crucial part since the top of the pizza will cook a lot faster than the crust. If you don't preheat the stone, you won't get that beautiful pizza crust. Or you will have burned your toppings before the crust is ready.
  • When your stone is ready, you can place the pizza directly on top or use the tinfoil if you want to have it be a little easier. Baking the pizza should take about 8 minutes. Keep an eye out. Sometimes the stone is hotter then you expect or worse cooler, which may vary cook time.
  • Take it out or off and enjoy your pizza.

Notes

I don’t advise to use a convection oven. It’s a lot harder to get the stone to the right temperature, and you can’t quickly turn up the heat if its to cool. I like the bbq method with the use of the pizza stone. You can kind of mimic the effect of a pizza oven. You can also use a pizza stone in a conventional oven for the record, which can give you take pizza oven feel and texture, but it’s not necessary.