Ask Ash: How can I make a thin, crispy pizza dough?

Posted by on May 11, 2011

Whether you want to learn how to perfect a particular cooking technique, learn how to use a certain ingredient or have a dish related question, Chef Robert Ash has the answers for you.

How can I make a thin, crispy pizza dough? Is there a secret?

The secret to a thin crust is in the baking process. You first want to make sure you’re cooking your dough inside an oven that’s hot. Restaurants cook their pizza crust sometimes as high as 750 to 800 degrees. Set your oven at broil.

The real trick I rely on, is something unusual, I bake my pizzas on a slate tile. You can find the tiles at home improvement stores and they are usually inexpensive. After your pizza is prepared, you place it on the slate and then into your hot oven. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, then it should be ready. A sign that your pizza crust is complete, the edges will be slightly brown.

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