The best temperature to cook pizza at home had been my question for a really long time. If you are a beginner then you would know that cooking the perfect crispy crust pizza can really be a task.
I had struggled for a really long time with my home oven. There were times when the base was just not cooked properly and sometimes I even ended up with a soggy base.
The soggy base situation was sorted later but even then I just could not figure out what had to be done so that the base comes out crispy.
I was setting my oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit and still did not get the pizza base cooked to my liking. If you are in a similar situation then you are going to love this post as we would share how to get the pizza cooked perfectly at home.
All about the PERFECT Temperature…
If you are thinking about the perfect temperature then let me tell you, 475 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature that you see in every recipe is not a mandatory temperature at which you need to cook your pizza.
You basically need to crank up your oven to the highest possible temperature. So, if your oven can do a 550-degrees Fahrenheit, then 550 degrees Fahrenheit it is!
You need to understand that the hotter your oven is, the better is your pizza base. So make sure that you preheat your oven and make it like extremely hot so that it is ready for cooking pizzas.
Do not shove your pizza inside a cold oven as it is just not going to cook that well and if you are using a pizza stone make sure that it is inserted inside the oven while you are preheating it.
So, the general rule of thumb is to go for the highest temperature in order to get that crispy base.
So, how long you should cook your pizza…
Now, once you are sorted with temperature, you need to set your timer accordingly. Make sure that you keep checking your pizza and make sure that it is not overcooked or burned.
Honestly, you need to make sure that the crust is cooked to perfection and for that, it does take some trails and errors. I usually cook my pizza for not more than 10 minutes but when it is at 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are cooking at higher temperatures then it is definitely going to take you very less time in comparison. You can cook your pizza in 6-7 minutes as well if you preheat your oven at increase the temperature.
The pizza comes out really crispy and the toppings are cooked to perfection. The cheese on the top of the pizza is melted really well too so you get that soft and gooey cheese on top with well-cooked toppings and a crispy base.
How hot is way too hot??
Honestly, there is no such thing as way too hot for a pizza oven. The hotter the pizza oven, the better is your pizza. In case of a wood-fired pizza oven, the temperature is upto 700-800 degrees Fahrenheit and the pizza that comes out is cooked perfectly well.
So your home oven is definitely not going to reach those temperatures and your pizza is not going to get burnt. Just make sure that when your pizza is being cooked, you have preheated the oven and you keep a watch on the pizza.
When the pizza looks ready(basically when you the toppings charred a bit and the base turned golden brown) you can stop cooking.
So, do not worry, nothing is way too hot for cooking a pizza, if your oven is way hot then make sure that you set the timer accordingly.
If you watch the pizza it just gets easier to make sure that you are not burning it(which is rare in a home oven) so yes try this trick and hope your pizza turns out the way you want it to.
Do try this trick if you haven’t already been doing it and let us know what you think about it in the comments below!
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