“Will you still be there for me when things go right?”
So here we are at the Pizza Finale and everything went right, except for that one thing. As I mentioned, the recipe called for baking the pizza on a pizza stone and I didn’t have one and was going to do without.
Then, I happened to notice the tile sitting on my kitchen island. It’s a ceramic floor tile that I use as a trivet and I wondered if that would work as a baking stone. What a brilliant idea! (Applause!)
I baked two pizzas. One had regular cheese and sausage, or something labeled “pizza meat” that I found in the recesses of the freezer, and one was my husband’s favorite, which is Canadian bacon and pineapple. Being the good wife I did his on the ceramic tile.
It was just before the pizzas were done that I shared my brilliance with my husband and asked if he thought it was safe to bake on a glazed tile. I waited for his admiration. “I’m not sure that’s safe to do because of the glaze,” he said. Do I need to go on?
The pizzas were wonderful and had crispy crusts except his was a bit more substantial. My pizza, done directly on the oven rack, was crispy tender.
After cleaning up the kitchen I researched the idea of baking on a glazed tile. Rumor has it that the glaze keeps the tile from absorbing moisture from bread products, which is the whole idea. Also, glazed tiles just might leach lead into food that’s baked on them. Oh, that! Maybe I won’t tell him about all of my research.
We both decided that next time I would try to get the crust a bit thinner. The flavor of the crust and pizzas was wonderful. That would be a win winish!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.