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52 Weeks of Baking: Four Cheese Pizza with Cornmeal Crust

Last week I ended up grabbing a quick slice of pizza at a small hole-in-the-wall joint. Although the pizza wasn't fantastic, it stood out because the crust was coated in cornmeal. Ever since then, I have been craving a cornmeal crust pizza and decided to go ahead and make my own. Since the last few weeks have been pretty sweets heavy, I figured this savory treat would make for a nice change of pace. To see step-by-step pictures and a recipe for a super tasty cornmeal dough pizza,

I like my pizza's plain with just sauce and cheese. I find that vegetables release too much liquid and meat (although I do love meat) just doesn't taste as nice as simple pizza. However, since the crust was a bit thicker on this pie, I served it with roasted tomatoes and basil tossed with a little bit of olive oil and salt - sort of a topping that goes on once the pizza has been fully cooked.

Four Cheese Pizza with Cornmeal Crust
From The Little Guides Pizza

1/2 cup (75g) yellow cornmeal (or polenta)
1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (125ml) water
2 tbsp olive oil

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1/2 cup tomato sauce of your choice
6-8 oz of shredded cheese

  • Place a pizza stone, unglazed terra-cotta tile (you can get these at a hardware store, make sure it's clean and something you'd want to eat off of), or baking sheet in the oven. Preheat to 450F/220C.
  • Mix cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  • Make a well in the center.
  • Add water and 2 tbsp olive oil.
  • Combine by gradually incorporating the flour into the yeast mixture, adding a little extra water if necessary. Note: I used a mixer with the paddle attachment, however it is easy to blend by hand.
  • Transfer dough to a floured board and knead until it is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Note: I used the dough hook attachment on my mixer at speed 2 for 4 minutes.
  • Sprinkle cornmeal down on a surface and press out the pizza dough using your fingertips. I made a 9-10" circle, but you can stretch it out to 12" if desired. Just be sure to press from inside of the dough to the outside.
  • Remove heated stone/tile/sheet from oven and place pizza dough on top. Be careful it's going to be really hot!
  • Spoon on the tomato sauce.
  • Sprinkle the cheese on top. I used mozarella combined with what we had in the house, a smooth goat gouda, a hard sheep gouda, and parmesan. Next time instead of shredding it all, I would probably use some larger slices as well.
  • Return stone and pizza to oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until pizza is golden on the edges and crisp underneath.
  • Notes: Our pizza came out fantastic, I was really thrilled with it. It could have been a tiny bit better if we did two things. 1- bake the crust without any ingredients for a few minutes first (the cheese was a bit "done" by the time the crust was ready) 2- use more cheese!

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gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I tried this last night, the salt is unnecessary for my taste, and I probably would have kept just the crust in the oven for a little longer, but I will def keep trying.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
This looks great!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
sounds and looks DELICIOUS, i would use a flour base crust instead though.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Great Yum, now I TOTALLY want cornmeal pizza for dinner! HAHAHAHA!
SU3 SU3 10 years
THANKS for the info! I'm going to have to check this out :)
bugbiteme bugbiteme 10 years
oh. Target has pizza stones sometimes.
bugbiteme bugbiteme 10 years
I want to make this. You are a pro-baker YumSuga!
Food Food 10 years
Your best bet is a home improvement store where you can get an unglazed quarry tile for about $1 (if not less). But make sure it's unglazed, the glaze can be harmful. Also, we have one of those super heavy duty oven mitts and high heat tolerance, else I DO NOT recommend taking the stone out of the oven until it's fully cooled. These things absorb heat like crazy! I got this stone at a weird variety store in my neighborhood, but any kitchen supply store like sur la table, williams-sonoma and even target.com.
SU3 SU3 10 years
Where can you get this pizza stone? Can you get it at the supermarket??
Food Food 10 years
Thanks guys! It's been a fun project. Pizza stones help evenly distribute the heat to the pizza (or bread). They're also porous and so they absorb excess moisture creating a crisper crust. You can get a good result without one, but I like a crispy crust, so we decided to get one. This one that I have now is actually sort of small, I would recommend a larger one. We used to use (until it cracked) an unglazed tile from home depot (less than one buck, make sure it is unglazed!) Everyone should try pizza at home - I actually recommend a recipe like this because it doesn't involve waiting for dough to rise and the consistency is very easy to spread out into a circle. Good luck and let us know if you give it a try!
Molly Molly 10 years
Wow, Yum. I'm super impressed. I always want to try making pizza, but fear I do not have the right tools. What's the deal with pizza stones? Totally necessary or just enhance something that could be made without?
SU3 SU3 10 years
That looks great Yum! I always enjoy checking out your 52 weeks of baking projects!! You make it look so easy :)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Neat.
Athena1 Athena1 10 years
Awesome. It looks super easy too.
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
Sounds tasty!
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