Kitchen Tricks and Tips From Our Expert Cooks
Shaping Pizza Dough
When the moon hits your eye through the hole in your pie, you’ve probably stretched the dough too thin. For an even, intact
crust, follow these steps.
Step 1: Remove the pizza dough (store-bought or homemade) from the refrigerator, place on a well-floured surface, and dust lightly with flour. Let sit until the dough comes to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes. (Resting makes the dough more pliable.)
Step 2: Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough from the center to the edges until the circle is about ½ inch thick.
Step 3: With both hands, hold one edge of the dough, allowing it to hang. Inch your hands around the edge, letting gravity gently stretch the dough to the desired size. Transfer to an oiled or cornmeal-dusted baking sheet and add the toppings of your choice.