Things You'll Need
Paper towel or basting brush
Non-stick cooking spray
No matter if you are making thin- or thick-crust pizza, preparing the pizza pan for the dough is a simple task. Even perforated pizza pans designed for brick ovens or the grill are easy to prepare. This is a step that you can allow your children to do while you are making the dough or preparing ingredients for the pizza topping.
Traditional Pizza Pans
Pour a tablespoon of cooking oil on the surface of the pizza pan.
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Use a paper towel or basting brush to coat the entire surface of the pan with the oil.
Sprinkle a tablespoon or two of cornmeal over the oil on the pan. This will insure the pizza dough does not stick to the pan and give the dough a traditional feel after cooking.
Perforated Pizza Pans
Place the perforated pan on paper towels.
Spray the surface with non-stick cooking spray, coating the surface evenly. The paper towels will keep the spray off your countertop or table.
Sprinkle cornmeal on the pizza pan, if desired.
If desired, you can spray a regular pan with non-stick cooking spray instead of oil. The cornmeal can be omitted if you don't like the texture it gives to the pizza crust. Perforated pizza pans give pizza crusts a crispy texture in brick ovens, on the grill or in the regular home oven set to high temperature over 400 degrees. If you don't have a traditional round pizza pan, cookie or baking sheets will do the same job, though you must make a square or rectangle pizza. Grease and dust with corn meal in the same way as a round pan. Roll or shape your pizza dough before putting it on the pan to ensure the dough is even with no high spots that may take longer to cook.