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  • Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

    I'm a relatively new pizza baker using a pizza stone that I bought that I think was made by Echo in one of those 3 pizza packages ( a thin baking stone, a rack for the stone and a pizza cutter that's practically useless) that you see almost everywhere. I noticed when I baked this style of pizza that the top and bottom bakes fine, but the middle is slightly raw (50% cooked). I have no idea how to solve this problem so I was wondering if anyone could suggest ways to fix it. The pizza was baked at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes (it was a "family sized" pizza on a stone 13-14 inches in diameter. Any suggestions would be appreciated .

    Thank you.

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    Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

    Heat stone to maximum your oven will allow. This is usually 500 to 550 degress for at least 45 minutes.

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    • #3
      Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

      A thin stone may not have much ability to retain heat, I don't know that heating longer will make much difference, but certainly should try higher oven temp. I think those thin stones are pretty worthless and will crack in short order if you are not very careful. They perform no better than a perforated metal pizza pan. Consider picking up some firebrick splits to replace the stone, or better yet buy the real stone from FB.com.

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      • #4
        Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

        In addition to fully heating your stone (like Richard suggests), think about how much sauce/topping gets put on the pie. Too much and you can get uncooked crust like you describe.

        What do you mean (in terms of color) by "top and bottom bakes fine". Perhaps a little more time on the stone would help.

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        • #5
          Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

          Another consideration is where the stone is located in your oven. Overs differ in how they conduct heat. One oven I had (an vintage Chambers) cooked best with the stone on the lowest shelf. My current oven (a run-of-the-mill Tappan) cooks best with the stone on the middle shelf. Experiment often and make sure you eat the mistakes!

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          • #6
            Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

            Originally posted by BrianShaw View Post
            Another consideration is where the stone is located in your oven. Overs differ in how they conduct heat. One oven I had (an vintage Chambers) cooked best with the stone on the lowest shelf. My current oven (a run-of-the-mill Tappan) cooks best with the stone on the middle shelf. Experiment often and make sure you eat the mistakes!
            Agreed, sometimes you might find that the lower oven postion tends to do the top slower because of the lower reflected heat but the bottom does better and vice versa. Experiment with different oven positions an pay attention to the pizza so you can get a good handle on the cook time.
            Best
            Dutch
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            • #7
              Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

              Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I'll try out a longer prebaking time for the stones. I only let the prebake about 5 minutes which could be the problem. I'll bake the stones on the middle rack for one hour at 500 degrees fahrenheit and try the recipe again to see if it works. If it does, I'll let everyone know.

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              • #8
                Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

                Originally posted by ngd1029 View Post
                I only let the prebake about 5 minutes which could be the problem.
                Bingo! That's definitely part of the problem. We have a Pizza stone that's about a 1/2" thick. We preheat 550 for an hour before cooking on it. Does a pretty good job.

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                • #9
                  Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

                  i tried pre-baking the oven at 550F for one hour on a convection oven, and when baking on the second top rack position in the oven, I had one stone one that top rack and another stone that i used for baking. the pizzas cooked faster, about 6 minutes, but this time even though the cheese on the top was browner, when I flipped the cheese off the pizza, the top half of the pizza dough was still raw. my sister suggests that i'm overloading the pizza's toppings (to why it's half raw under the cheese), but I don't think it's that topping heavy.
                  I have to admit that the pizza tasted better, but it's still not perfect. Does anyone have any suggestion how to solve the half cooked pizza top?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

                    Since you did pre-heating, would try your sister's recommendation and then adjust from there. Next step, use baking versus convection cooking, try stone on bottome shelf. change one thing at a time to control variables.
                    View less toppings - perhaps slightly thinner crust.

                    How thick is the pizza dough you are now cooking ?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

                      They say you should be able to see the pizza base through the tomato sauce. That might lighten things up a little -- and get you more even baking in the middle.

                      You should be able to get everything baked evenly with a hot, pre-heated, 550ºF stone. Definitely.
                      James
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                      • #12
                        Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

                        Since I had time after exams I decided to see if I could revisit this problem and experiment to see if I could solve the problem. I reduced the sauce and was baking with simply cheese. The gas convection oven was set to 550 degrees and I was experimenting with position. I was moving the pizza from 2nd rack from the bottom (bottom rack is too high) and the top rack preheating the stone for at least one hour. The pizzas were baked at roughly 2-3 minutes and while the bottom cooks beautifully, the tops are still somewhat raw (cheese barely melted and the top of the crust kinda doughy). I've been trying to complete this pizza recipe because if it would cook perfectly (top and bottom) it would be perfect. I was hoping that someone out there with more pizza experience could provide advice and insights on how to fix this.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

                          NGD, if you are using a pizza stone and oven for pizzas, why not attempt the one hour pizza oven. There has been discussions and a thread on it. Quite simple actually. You can have your successful pizza outside, and set up takes an hour to build. Do this until you get the true oven build should you decide to go that route.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

                            Acoma, can you point me to that thread? I searched for it but couldn't find it.

                            Thanks

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                            • #15
                              Re: Interesting phenomenon using a New York Style Pizza dough

                              Oven too hot... pizza too thick... = undone

                              the thicker the pizza, the slower the cook time, and lower temps are required.

                              A 900 degree pizza is very light!
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