Step 1. Put the Emile Henry pizza stone on the bottom shelf in your oven, while it’s cold.
Step 2. Preheat your oven with the stone still inside at 240 °C / 475 °F / Gas Mark 9 for 10 minutes.
Step 3. Roll out your dough and arrange your toppings.
Step 4. Slide your pizza onto the stone in the hot oven — do not remove the stone.
Step 5. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
What is a pizza stone?
A pizza stone is a piece of stone of ceramic — the Emile Henry pizza stone is ceramic — that can be placed in an oven, where it will heat up and become a very hot cooking surface. This creates a perfect cooking environment for pizza.
Pizza stones have become incredibly popular with ‘za fans who want the authentic pizza experience but don’t want the expense or inconvenience of installing a pizza oven.
If you’re looking to take your pizza making skills to the next level, using a pizza stone is probably the easiest improvement you can make to your process. It’s no surprise they are becoming increasingly popular.
What else can I use the pizza stone for?
Creative cooks are always looking for multiple ways to use their utensils and cookware. The pizza stone’s purpose is to get very hot and disperse that heat through your dough. Heat comes from the bottom and up to the toppings on top. There are lots of other foods that would benefit from such a rapid way of dispersing heat, and we would normally always encourage chefs to make the most of any opportunity to experiment in the kitchen. However, when it comes to the pizza stone, you should err on the side of caution.
That being said, the stone is perfect for baking flat breads and pittas, as well as garlic breads.
Should I clean my pizza stone?
Unlike some other pizza stones, the Emile Henry pizza stone can be washed. We would advise just soaking in hot water and if necessary use a very mild detergent.
Don’t take the stone directly from the oven and place under cold water. Place it on a chopping board for washing once it has cooled.
Deliver Deli’s top tips on the Emile Henry pizza stone
- The smooth version is ideal for kneading and cutting the pizza on
- All Emile Henry pizza stones come with a 10-year guarantee
- The pizza stone can be placed in the microwave
- BBQ enthusiasts will be ecstatic to hear the stone can be used on a BBQ
- The rigged version of the stone enables air to flow under the pizza, which makes the base extra crunchy