Perfect Pizza Crust
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Here are some other important tips to follow:
- Make your pizza dough ahead and store it in the refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight. This allows the dough to relax, making it easier to handle.
- Use a hot oven—450° or higher. The high heat will give the crust that crispness you desire.
- For a crispy crust and better browning, use a pizza stone. Before preheating the oven, place the stone on an oven rack in the lower third of the oven. If you don’t have a pizza stone, a preheated baking sheet will work. Sprinkle the sheet with a little cornmeal to help slide the dough on and off.
- Bake the crust for 5-8 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and add the toppings. Keep in mind that loading the crust with too many toppings will make it soggy. Bake 4-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.