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This is why I use parchment!

Tomorrow is my day to post a pizza crust recipe over at A Year in Bread so this afternoon found me sorting through photos of pizza. While it is not what I was looking for, I had to share this one shot. The story goes something like this:

One night we were making pizza and I discovered we were out of parchment paper, which I generally use when baking breads. The stone was already hot, the pizza crust was poufy, and we were hungry. What to do, what to do?

After debating a run to the store, we decided to put the pizza directly on the stone.  Parchment is nice and all, but cornmeal is usually enough to stop a pizza from sticking to the stone. Actually, the plan was to throw caution to the wind and gently place the bare crust on the stone, quickly top it and get it back in the oven. (This actually isn't as absurd as it sounds, I've done it a number of times, with a different dough. Remember that "different dough" part for later.)

Everything that was to go on the pizza was sliced, diced and arrayed on the counter. We reviewed the plan of attack: crust on stone, toppings on crust, back in oven. Check.

someoneElse extracted the 500 degree pizza stone from the oven and perched it on the range so we could work. I looked at the crust, made from this great new recipe I was playing with, and decided that I couldn't afford to put it down on a peel or anything like that, I had to move it by hand. I picked up the crust, dashed all three steps across the room and flipped the crust onto the stone.

crust-archipizzago

Hmmm, that's not how it was supposed to work, now was it?

Science you can use: Wet dough stretched across the back of your hands will probably rip into shreds as you take your second step. Furthermore, given proximity to a hot surface, it will adhere. Then it will shred.

archipizzagoAfter a valiant effort involving too much of everything (somehow I missed the sausage in the just-thawed leftover marinara until it was on the crust!) we had dinner. someoneElse says it reminds him of the archipelagos in a game of Civilization. Uh huh.

So what is my point? Parchment. It's the best  thing you can do for your pizza for less than a dime. Really.

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