4 to 8 Each Unglazed 12" x 12" terracotta floor tiles
2 Each 12 oz Ramekins filled with hot water
Assembled Pizza with crust, sauce, cheese & toppings
In order to duplicate a pizzeria pizza you need a screaming hot pizza oven. Don't worry you can convert your oven with a quick trip to the home improvement center.
1. Lay the tiles directly on your oven rack or racks. Most ovens hold 2 tiles side by side nicely with a 3 inch gap in the back. A tile cutter can be used to cut the tiles for a custom fit.
2. Preheat a convection to 470 degrees. It takes about an hour to preheat a convection oven with 3 full racks of tiles. If you don't have a convection
oven preheat to 500 degrees, line two racks with tiles, and leave the
extra air gap in the back of the oven to allow for adequate air circulation.
3. Once the oven is preheated gently place 2 ramekins or other small oven proof dishes filled with hot water in the back corners of the uppermost rack. Make sure there is enough water to allow for evaporation without the ramekin going dry.
4. Once preheated - Quickly transfer your pizzas with a pizza peel that is sprinkled with additional corn meal so the pizza slides on and off easily.
Don't be surprised if another debate arises as to where is the best placement in the oven. I like mine on the bottom. My husband prefers the middle rack and our daughter like the top rack. Experiment to determine your preferred cooking position. The cheese gets a little browner on the lower and middle racks because there is another stone radiating heat directly above the cheese.
5. Bake 5 - 7 minutes. Remove carefully with a pizza peel and
Pizza stones are widely marketed and easily available. The terracotta tiles are dramatically cheaper, customizable in size, and actually work much better for pizza.