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Offline nrhode08

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Caramelized Cheese Crust
« on: November 28, 2011, 05:09:45 PM »
My question kind of has 2 parts - I will tell you that I did try this over the weekend and I was able to almost get the flavor that I'm looking for...a burnt, crispy cheezy crust.

1.  Where could I find a cast iron pizza pan?  I currently cook my deep dish pizzas in a non-stick pan and can't get the flavor that I want or get the cheese to burn/crisp around the edges like I want.

2.  Is there a suggestion you could make with how I can get the cheese to caramelize better?  I'm thinking I need to use a cast iron pan and bake the dough a little with the cheese on the outside of the pan where the crust is, then fill the pizza, then bake more.


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Re: Caramelized Cheese Crust
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2011, 05:24:36 PM »
Most likely changing your cheese or to a cheese blend will help with that. A look at the greek thread will show that cheese look, I think, you are seeking.,691.0.html       We are using carbon steel pans however a cast iron skillet is used frequently for deep dish pizza.

Offline The Dough Doctor

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Re: Caramelized Cheese Crust
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2011, 07:47:46 AM »
Changing the brand of cheese can certainly help as some brands will color more than others. Many times I will sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese around the edge of the crust to achieve the same effect. Also, moving your pizza to a higher rack position in the oven may also help by putting more top heat to your pizza, or you might experiment with doing the bulk of the baking at a lower rack position to get the bottom of the crust baked properly, and then moving the pizza to a higher rack position to get the desired browning on the cheese.
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Offline ThatsATastyPizza

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Re: Caramelized Cheese Crust
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2011, 10:54:46 PM »
I use a 12" cast iron skillet for my deep dish pizzas. I do the sauce on top of the cheese for that Chicago style deep dish, but I would imagine that if you broiled the pizza for a minute or two after baking, the cheese would caramelize. Just watch closely so that it doesn't burn. Play around with your cheeses too, some cheeses brown better than others.