I'm NOT going to give up on making pizza. This page was created out of the shame of how my first pie had to be PUSHED OFF the paddle/spatula (read: almost scraped!!!) ...
I felt I had to make another one (such hardship there – not!) This time I followed Anita's instructions! I used parchment paper and precooked the pizza crust for a few minutes first ON the paper ON the stone in the oven!
I put the parchment paper on the spatula, cut it down to size and left about a one inch overlap of paper all around. I then placed the crust on it and shaped it so it wasn't hanging off the spatula/paddle! There's the dough, in the photo, ready for the oven, sat on the parchment paper.
After the pre-bake in the oven, I brought it out and added my sauce, some sautéed onions; green, red, yellow peppers, and mushrooms.
I pricked the dough to stop bubbles from forming. I then put it in the oven and baked it for 3 minutes. Next, I added the grated cheese, and then the olives, plus some of the vegetables I'd saved aside to put purposely on top of the cheese.
Here's a TIP: next time I shall bake it for five minutes as my cheese ended up getting a little too brown for my liking because I was waiting for the crust to turn just the right shade of 'done'.
Into the oven it went for about 15 minutes – but see the TIP above about baking the crust first for probably five minutes.
I forgot to mention
earlier – I've been using the oven at 450°F instead of 475°F. No real reason.
I just wanted to add this! Anita and James live in bonny Scotland. They have also turned their hands to making lots of home-made goodies like coat hangers, and storage cabinets – some with stained-glass inserts – and they're beautiful!
All pieces are made with such loving care, it's a wonder they can bear to part with them!
Recently, Anita told me that James has changed course, and now modifies campers!