Originally Posted by GB
bakechef, if I understand your process correctly, you put parchment on the peel, build the pizza on that, slide the pizza still on the parchment onto the stone, then after a minute remove the parchment. I guess my question is what is the purpose of even using the parchment? You could do the exact same thing with the same end results just skipping the parchment step.
Well the parchment makes it a bit less messy for me. I guarantees that the dough won't stick to the peel, making it easier to offload the pizza on to the stone. You can also make a second pizza on parchment and let it set on the counter, which frees up your peel for the pizza that is baking.
This is a good method for beginners or someone who has trouble with the dough sticking to the peel. If I am out of parchment, I will just dust the peel liberally with flour, and give it a jiggle while assembling.
Also if I have more than one loaf of bread to bake on my stone, it is easier to have each loaf on its own piece of parchment ready to slide on the peel.
I have had a lot less pizza toppings end up on the floor of my oven with this method!