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Whether you are making pizza dough from scratch or buying dough from the supermarket, you can have a delicious crust made in your own kitchen.  Have you ever tried to stretch out pizza dough onto a pan with olive oil on it and trying everything to get it to stay in that stretched position on the pan?  It can be very frustrating.  Here are a few tricks to help you avoid the frustration.

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  • Turn oven on at highest temperature. ( do not use convection)
  • Start with dough that has reached room temperature.
  • Take an old cookie sheet, you know the one, that old, blackened, non-stick cookie sheet that you just haven’t had the chance to throw out yet. This will make the best pizza crust!
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  • Smear cold Crisco shortening onto the pan. Using Crisco, instead of oil,  helps the dough stick to the baking sheet.

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  • Stretch your room temperature dough out to the edges of the pan
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  • Very Important Step here —>Let the dough sit in the pan for at least 15 minutes to rest in the stretched position, otherwise, it may shrink in the oven once the Crisco heats up.
  • Put your favorite toppings on the pizza
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  • Place your pizza in the oven on the second rack from the bottom of the oven.
  • Cook for about 10-15 minutes.  This will vary based on how hot your oven will get.
  • Cool just enough not to burn the roof of your mouth when eating. ( Sometimes this is the hardest part!).
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Hello, I am Susan and creator of mylovingoven.com. I live in the beautiful state of New Hampshire. I love to cook and all that it entails, including finding that perfect recipe, gathering the ingredients, then adding my personal flare. I have many passions and cooking is one of them. I also enjoy hiking, biking, trail running and travel but most of all spending time with my family and friends in that all time favorite place to gather, the kitchen. Preparing food for the ones I love is pure joy!

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