A Proper Baking Stone

I got myself a cheap pizza stone a while back. It’s very thin, and while the round shape works for pizzas, it wastes a lot of oven space. So with a family pizza bar meal planned I thought I’d see if I can find a thicker, rectangular one. I assumed there would be a large selection available online, but after an hour searching online I was starting to despair!

I started on Amazon, and the only thing that came close was expensive at £40. Most reviews were positive, but the negative ones had valid concerns, and I was loathed to buy the expensive only option available, so I widened my search.

A general Google mostly found thin stones similar to what I already have. Refining the search to ‘thick clay rectangular baking stone’ returned only US sites. Adding ‘site:uk’ to stick to UK sties ended up with next to nothing…

Eventually I stumbled upon this thread on The Fresh Loaf where another Londoner was having similar problems. This led me to Bath Potters’ Supplies whose range of kiln shelves are safe for baking on. Between the thread on The Fresh Loaf, the reviews on Bath Potters’ Supplies site from bakers, and the under-£25-including-delivery cost, I had finally found a solution!

So I ordered the 10″x14″ shelf that will fit our oven. It’s being delivered to work, and will happily fit in one of my bike panniers so I can get it home. I’ll try it out before the family pizza party, and of course post about it on the blog :)

3 thoughts on “A Proper Baking Stone

  1. You might find that lifting the stone in/out of the oven will build up muscles in your arms. Might burn up calories too, so you will feel justified in eating more cake & goodies.

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