- Heat pizza stones to 225°C and 240°C.
- Make a homemade pizza using our guide.
- Slide your pizza onto the pizza stone using a paddle.
- Cook for 10 minutes or until crispy.
- Clean once cool.
- Scrape off food debris to prevent it baking on.
- Never use soap to clean pizza stones.
Ever tried using a pizza stone to make a pizza? Many who have used a pizza stone swear by it to achieve that perfect, crispy base. This article covers everything you need to know from how to use a pizza stone and tips for cleaning a pizza stone to keep it in great shape between pizza feasts.
What is a pizza stone?
A pizza stone is a method of cooking pizza which has been used for hundreds of years and certainly gives you the best pizza results. This is because it can hold more heat than a regular oven tray. It also distributes that heat more evenly, leading to a better, crispier pizza base and more even cook.
What is a pizza stone made of?
A pizza stone can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as being made from a number of different materials. They are usually natural materials including:
How to cook with a pizza stone
When it comes to using a pizza stone, and getting the best results, first allow it to heat up fully.
- DO pop it in the oven on a high heat between 225°C and 240°C.
- DON’T pre heat the oven. Your pizza stone should start in a cold oven as a hot oven may cause the stone to crack.
- DO use a paddle to place your raw pizza on it.
How to use a pizza stone in the oven to make a pizza at home
Making pizza at home using a pizza stone is really easy with these steps:
- 350ml of warm water
- 600g of plain flour
- 1tsp of salt
- 7g packet of dried yeast
- 50-60ml olive oil
- Combine your ingredients to create a dough.
- Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic.
- Cover a bowl in oil, and leave your dough inside until it doubles in size.
- Make a tomato sauce by mixing together tomato puree, canned tomatoes and flavours such as onions, garlic, basil, and oregano. Alternatively cheat with a pre-made sauce.
- Gather up some toppings. There are some many favourites like mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms and controversially even pineapple!
- Once your dough doubles in size, roll it out.
- Add the sauce and your chosen toppings.
- Slide onto your preheated pizza stone in the oven.
- Cook for around 10 minutes or until crisp.
How to clean a pizza stone
To make sure your pizza stone continues working its best, it’s important to keep it clean.
- DO scrape off as much food debris as you can, to prevent it becoming baked on. A plastic utensil is best for this.
- DON’T clean when the stone is hot as it can cause burns as it holds heat well. Allow it to cool before washing.
- DO Wipe down with warm water.
- DON’T use soap. Pizza stones are porous, so will absorb the soap and your next homemade pizza may end up tasting of soap.
- DO make a cleaning solution of equal parts warm water and baking soda to gently scrub off burnt pizza dough and sauce on your pizza stone. Wipe down with a clean cloth once clean.
With this guide to hot stone cooking you now have everything you need to start cooking pizza on a pizza stone with ease.