What is a Baking Stone?

Ancient Baking Stone Cooking for Modern Times

I first discovered baking stones several years ago, and I have not been without one since that time. These are wonderful for properly browning both pizza crusts and breads. So…..what is a baking stone?

A baking stone is the result an old technique of cooking food on a hot flat stone. This method has been used for generations for cooking food, but the term baking stone has come to have a slightly different meaning in more modern times. It has come to mean a cooking accessory that has a flat and frequently absorbent surface that is used for baking foods such as pizza, bread or other baked goods. Baking stones are usually used when a person wants food to brown better or more evenly since the surface tends to heat evenly and also to absorb some of the moisture in the food, promoting a crispy texture.

Baking Stones for Pizza

Use A Pizza Stone for Great Crust

When a baking stone is used for making pizza, it is frequently called a pizza stone. It is common practice to bake pizza on a baking stone because the baking stone helps the crust to bake more evenly and produce a better pizza than cooking on a perhaps more common pizza pan.

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You will find pizza stones in round shapes most of the time, but they are also available in square or rectangle stones for making a unique pizza.

Baking Stones for Rolls

I love to use my baking stone to make those brown-and-serve rolls that I get at the supermarket. The stone helps the rolls to brown nicely, especially on the bottoms. I then put some soy margarine on them in about the last minute or two of baking.

The stone is very nice for toasting slices of bread as well. I usually prefer my bread to be toasted, and I love to put margarine on it. I could make it in the toaster and put margarine on later, but the butter does not melt as well that way. When I use my baking stone, it browns the bread nicely and allows me to drizzle my margarine on as well.

Of course, you can use any shape of stone for these purposes, but the square or rectangular ones make it easy to line up the rolls.

Baking Stones for Cookies

If you like making cookies, you know that it can sometimes be a challenge to get them to brown evenly. I like using a square or rectangular baking stone to make cookies because it provides room to spread them out and because the surface provides more even heat so that the cookies are crispy when they are done!

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You can also use a large rectangular baking stone that will allow you to spread the cookies out.

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Round Baking Stones

Particularly when using them for pizza, people usually think round baking stones, and there are different sizes available to fit your needs. You can make small personal pizzas with the smaller ones or use the larger ones to make pizza for a whole group of people!

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Square and Rectangular Baking Stones

Pizza does not have to be round! You can use a rectangular or a square baking stone to make pizza or to use for other items such as rolls, bread or cookies!

Square Baking Stones

The square baking stones below range in size from 7.5 inches to 20 inches.

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