Choosing The Right Pizza PanDavid P. Vella
Crown Cookware has four categories of pizza pans in various designs.
1- Traditional Crown Cookware solid pizza pans
2- Traditional Crown Cookware “Perfection” perforated pizza pans,
3- Deep Dish Crown Cookware solid pizza pans with a wall of one to two inches deep
4- Black Crown Cookware Pizza Genius Pans, Like no other pan, we developed in the 90s.
The Traditional Crown Cookware solid pizza pan, offers a gentler bake when rolling out the pre-proofed dough, decorating, and placing directly in the oven. You may pan your dough, cover it with some plastic wrap, and proof it for an hour or so before decorating/baking as the solid bottom will prevent dough from drying out. Bake for 15 to 30 min at 375 to 450 degrees, or on the BBQ lid down.
The Traditional Crown Cookware “Perfection” perforated pan is perfect when rolling out the pre-proofed dough, decorating, and placing in the oven. We invented this pan in the late 80s for this purpose. You can achieve a toasted crispy-crunchy crust in 15 to 30 min at 375 to 450 degrees, or BBQ.
The Deep Dish Crown Cookware solid pizza pans will work the same as the solid traditional pan above, with the benefit of more proofing time available due to the depth. About 2 to 4 hours of gentle proofing till the dough rises to the top. Bake for 10 to 20 min at 375 to 450 degrees, or BBQ.
The Black Crown Cookware Pizza Genius Pans uses a whole different realm of science and technology to bake your pizza. You get all the benefits of a deep-dish pan. The benefit of a solid bottom to proof the dough with a commercial quality black release coating that heats the bottom faster so you get a deep dish pan finished crust, or a stone-baked crust when you use cornmeal on the bottom of your pan. Bake for 15 to 30 min at 375 to 450 degrees, or BBQ.
FYI, BBQs seem to be hard on all pans, due to direct flames, residue grease on the grill, and grill fires from residue grease, so preheat your BBQ on high for 20 to 30 minutes to burn up the grease, then lower a bit before putting in your pizza. Make sure the lid closes, so check to see that your pans fit before you make your pies. You should also close your BBQ lid to retain the heat needed to cook the top.
The amount of time to bake your pizza relies on different variables. Having more ingredients results in more moisture, thus, more time is needed to cook. Using a lower temperature for a longer period of time allows the moisture to vaporize and results in a better rise of the crust, as well as blending of flavors since the additional time allows flavors to fuse together. A basic pepperoni pizza will bake at 425 in 10 to 15 min or possibly less on a “Pizza Genius” pan.