Jun 18, 2021
For crispy and evenly baked bread and pizzas, a baking stone is the ultimate baking appliance. Since it absorbs and holds heat for a long time, a baking stone ensures that you have a crispier crust for your pies, pizzas and bread. However, there are multiple options available when it comes to pizza stones so choosing the right one for your needs is key.
The round pizza stone is made to mimic the shape of a pizza, which allows it to heat every inch of the crust as you bake. Round pizza stones provide targeted heat, making them easy to use when baking a pizza. One of the main drawbacks of a round stone is that it may be inconvenient for making other types of baked goods that don’t have a round base.
A square pizza stone has more surface area than a classic round stone. This means that in terms of absorbing and retaining heat, a square pizza stone is better than a classic round stone. Square stones give crispier crusts compared to round stones and also cook a little faster. Another plus of a square stone is that other than pizza, you can also use it for a variety of other baked goods.
Pizza stones come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You want a stone that will comfortably fit in your oven, but you also need to consider other benefits of the stone’s size. The more surface area your pizza stone has, the better it will be at absorbing and retaining heat. This means it will cook faster and result in crispier crusts. However, for your pizza to cook evenly there needs to be sufficient air circulation in the oven so your pizza stone should not be so big that it obstructs proper air circulation.
The thickness of your pizza stone will determine how fast it heats up and also how long it retains heat. If you pick a baking stone that is too thin, it will heat up quickly but it will not retain heat for very long. Thicker pizza stones will take longer to heat up but will retain heat better. On average a thickness of approximately ⅝” is ideal as it is neither too thick nor too thin.
· Always preheat: Pizza stones can be pretty dense so it is important to ensure that you preheat your pizza stone properly before you start baking. It is recommended that you preheat your pizza stone for at least 30 minutes before using it.
· Never put your cold pizza stone into a hot oven: Pizza stones can break if subjected to sudden temperature changes. Always put your stone in the oven before you turn it on and allow it to preheat with the oven.Glaze your pizza stone: Glazing your pizza stone with a little bit of oil before use ensures that your dough will not stick to the surface of the stone.