Once a week we have pizza for supper, usually because left overs make a great school lunch the following day for Fjord. I have 3 metal pizza pans and make the dough in my bread machine. For Christmas we were given a white pizza serving plate which was bought at PnP Hyper, when I went looking for another there were none in stock, I have searched high and low since without success. For my birthday my totally awesome friends Collette and Evelyn gave me a yuppiechef voucher. Yuppiechef did not have any pizza serving plates but they did have a Jamie Oliver Pizza Stone. I decided that a pizza stone would be great as I can bake pizza or bread on it and use it for serving.
The day that the pizza stone arrived I did not use it as I read in the instructions that it needs to first bake in the oven on full temperature for an hour before 1st use. It seemed a waste of electricity to do this if I was not using the oven for anything else.
Today I used the stone for the first time, not to make pizza but a lovely cheese topped focaccia bread to go with lunch tuna salad. I am delighted with results. The bread did stick a little as I forgot to pre-heat the stone but it came off relatively easily with a spatula. I have now read that along with pre-heating the stone it is a good idea to sprinkle it with a bit of corn meal. Thank you again Collette and Evelyn! I also used the voucher from my friends to get a burger press which is another awesome product.