Thanks Peter, do you mind me asking a silly question. On a lot of pics, including those in the thread referred to above, the crust looks almost identical to shop bought pizza. Miine looks pretty nice, but it doesnt have that look.Is that because you sprinkle something on it??
That is not a silly question. But, no, I did not sprinkle fairy dust or anything else on the pizza. Getting the appearance of an authentic PJ pizza is achieved by having the right amounts of dough (around 21-22 oz. for a 14" pizza), sauce, cheese and, in this case, pepperoni slices. That will give you size and weight. I once counted the number of pepperoni slices on a purchased PJ pepperoni pizza and it was 44 slices. That number can vary from pizza to pizza at PJ's, especially during rush periods when the workers are scrambling, but I stuck with 44 slices for the most part. When 44 pepperoni slices are put on a 14" skin (base), they just about touch each other across the entire pizza, although they will shrink a bit during baking and shift a little. I also found that sprinkling part of the cheese (diced) randomly over the rim, as PJ does in its shops, also gave a more authentic appearance. Slicing the pizza in a pizza box, and putting a pepperoncini pepper and garlic cup (mine is just a photo prop), adds a bit more authenticity to the appearance of the pizza. I'm sure that with a little practice, you will get your pizza to look authentic also. If you do, I'd like to see some photos.