We make homemade pizza once a week, and had been using just Pillsbury dough in the can, on a cookie sheet. I bought TJ's whole wheat dough to try, and also bought a pizza stone--I've always wanted one. We made it tonight, and the pizza turned out ok, but we've got some issues, and I have some questions.
1. The pizza stone directions suggested using a pizza peel. Do you have one of these? If not, how do you transfer your pizza onto the hot stone?
2. What do you sprinkle on your surface to prepare the dough--flour? cornmeal? Fun Dip? Sand? hehe.
3. How do you flatten your dough? Rolling pin? Your hands? Throwing it in the air like a showoff?
4. Our stone directions said to heat it to 450 degrees. The dough directions said to bake it on 350. Should I heat the stone to 450, then decrease the heat to 350 to bake it? I ended up having to turn it up, because 350 didn't seem like enough...after the suggested 10-12 minutes, it definitely wasn't done (to our likeness anyway)
5. Any other tips?
6. What else do you bake on a your stone?
It wasn't a complete pizza fail, but definitely took a lot more effort than our ol' canned dough on a cookie sheet method. The dough was a little too, well, doughy--but was pretty good. With TJ's dough being such a steal at $1 a bag, you really can't beat that.. (I'm not interested in making my own dough, so you ambitious people and your fancy Kitchenaid mixers, don't go showing off telling me about how I should do that. hehe)