Baking stones are also known as pizza stones. They are optimal for making perfect pizzas, flatbreads and many types of other food items also. Using baking stones for cooking has been there since ancient times. Those times people cooked their bread on flat stones on the fire, and that is the forerunner to this day’s baking stone.
Baking stones are excellent for conducting heat and distributing it throughout the stone on an even basis, and they have a porous surface giving it the absorbent quality. Due to all these, the pizza dough gets uniformly cooked with a crispy outer crust and a palatably crunchy centre.
Baking stones are very easy to use and to maintain. They need no distinguished tools or cleansers. The color of the stone may fade away after some time but this discoloration does not affect the performance of the stone in any manner. In fact they are likely to perform much better. They make ideal warming trays also whether inside of the oven or outside, because of their ability to retain heat excellently.
Using a baking stone is amazingly comfortable. The stone is to be kept in the oven for preheating, without coatings of any kind or even oils. Once the stone gets fully heated up, the amassed pizza is placed on it for baking.
A pizza paddle or pizza peel as it is called is used to displace the pizza into the oven.
Dusting the pizza with an admixture of flour cornmeal
The baking stone must be non-stick, but sometimes the new ones are a little sticky, which the cornmeal will take care of. In the course of time with regular use, the baking stone will mold itself into a non-stick surface.
The pizza that is fully cooked can be displaced with the peel. You must let the stone cool down entirely and only then can it be washed with normal plain water. Next step is to let it air dry. There is no need to soak the baking stone or scrub it. Never should the stone be washed using dish soap.
Baking stones are just the right choice for preparing all kinds of bread. For making flatbreads like focaccia, barbari, chapatti, parota, American cracker bread, etc. baking stone is an ideal one. You can also make homemade corn tortillas, biscuits, and dinner rolls.
The pampered chef pizza stone is one variety of baking stones. If you find any cheese drop on the stone’s surface, it can be softly removed after the stone gets cooled.
A plastic scraper is given along with the stone, for this purpose. A serving basket with handles is also given with the pampered chef stone to enable the round pizza stone to sit on.
Baking stones are expected to be reliable, easy to clean and durable.