“ Brand: Master Class / Product Type: Pan „
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In my home we absolutely love pizza, well, we did until we started tracking calories...! My usual medium pizza from Dominos comes in at around 1800-2000 calories and I have worked out that I can make a pizza, that tastes even better, for around 1000-1100 calories and about £9 per pizza less too. This is a significant saving in both calories and price which is why I have started to make my own pizzas on a regular basis and now rarely call for a takeaway pizza.
We have a couple of pizza trays in our house, as I bought just one initially, this one, then stocked up on a couple more for when we have friends over to allow me to make pizzas for everyone. I paid around £6 for this from Amazon several months ago now and the price seems to still be around that price now, although prices fluctuate frequently on Amazon so it is worth setting up an alert on 'CamelCamelCamel' where you can get an email when the price of an item drops below the acceptable price you want to pay, if it does.
This pizza tray is around an inch deep and approximately 12 inches making it suitable for small, medium and slightly large pizzas. There are lots of holes on this pizza tray which allows the crust to be crisped up nicely, something that is very important with homemade dough as it can be a little soggy otherwise which can really ruin a pizza. I have found that this pizza tray is best for thin pizzas, both stuffed crust and plain crust. I have made a few deeper pizzas in this but ultimately it works best for thinner pizzas as they crisp up wonderfully and cook evenly across the base too. I have also cooked a few frozen pizzas on this tray, when I first purchased it, and they cooked evenly too with no burning or soggy parts. The tray is non-stick and I find that I am able to lift off my homemade pizza using a cake slice and then I place it on to a silicone chopping board for slicing with a pizza slice. I have never had a problem with a pizza sticking to this tray but I do usually give it a very light spray with spray oil before I use it. This leads to a little oil being sprayed on the side in my kitchen but I usually make sure that the oil hits my silicone chopping board so it is simple to clear up.
After using this pizza tray I tend to hand wash it using soapy water and a sponge scourer. This has not damaged the non-stick lining at all and is enough to remove any cheese or food that may have been spill on the edge of this tray and burned on during cooking. The coating seems to work very well, as I said, and I can notice no difference between using it now and using it when it was brand new. I have also used this tray for baking oven chips and they crisp up nicely as the air can get to the chips in a more even manner and with just a quick shake halfway through my oven chips are the crispiest they've ever been.
I have been very pleased with the quality of this pizza baking pan. I have been able to make thin & crispy or deep pan pizzas for my husband and I and one pizza, stretched to the size of this tray, feeds both of us, while saving us tons of calories and lots of money in the process. I really enjoy being able to make my own 'takeaway' pizzas now and when I go shopping I usually get a few vegetables and some meat in with pizza making in mind, if I don't use it then I turn the ingredients in to something else but we probably have a pizza once a fortnight or so. This is less than we would've had takeaway pizzas in the past but that is another plus point really. We love our pizza making sessions now and sometimes incorporate this into part of our 'date night' before we head out for the evening or settle down to watch a film. The tray is simple to use, quick to clean and helps to make a delicious pizza that is crispy on the base and tastes fantastic because of this.
I adore pizza! I used to just cook them from frozen on the wire shelves of the oven, but this would be a messy process when then cheese would melt off and burn onto the oven floor. Then I began cooking them on trays, which resulted in the base not crisping up as air couldn't get to it - what I needed was a tray with holes, and when I purchased the Maste Class non-stick pizza baking pan, that is exactly what I got, a 12.5 inch round tray, with evenly spaced holes in the bottom to allow for even air flow when cooking pizza!
The tray has a depth of 2cm, which is ample for both thick and thin crust pizza, and can of course be used for cooking smaller pizzas also. I find that, when pizzas are cooked according to the packet instructions, I am much more likely to have a nice crispy base with a good crunch to it, without any of the base being blackened and burned.
It also keeps the shelves and floor of my oven clean, which I am of course delighted about, as I hate having to scrub it out. The tray has a non-stick coating, which so far has suffered no damage at all, despite being around 8 months old and probably used three or four times a week. Nope, I don't eat pizza that much - but I also find this tray ideal for cooking chips, baking potatoes, and even for use above a deeper tray as a kind of 'drain' to take the fat away when I cook meats.
The one disadvantage to this is that my local supermarket makes an exceptionally tasty create-your-own pizza, which comes in either a 10 inch or a 14 inch base. A 10 inch is too small for my family, whereas the 14 inch wouldn't fit onto the tray - so I have had to buy another tray allowing us to cook two 10 inch pizzas.
Overall, I think this is a very simple idea that solves this issue of soggy pizza bases easily, and at around £9 from my local cookware store, I think it's worth every penny.