From the blog October 31, 2012 Judy

Get Gourmet Pizza in Your Home Oven

Have you ever waited six hours for pizza dough to rise, only to have the pizza burn in the oven while the crust remains stubbornly uncooked? This week on MDRN KTCHN, Scott Heimendinger, our Director of Applied Research, and bring you tips for saving time and circumventing just such disasters. Scott explains one of our favorite tricks: baking on a steel sheet. He also shares his own recipe for pizza dough using an encapsulated leavening agent. In Modernist Cuisine at Home, we include many recipes for pizza dough, sauces, and ideas for toppings. With all the different combinations, you could eat pizza for a month and never eat the same thing twice!

Interested in trying out Scott’s technique? Click here for information on using encapsulated leavening agents.


  1. Daryl November 1, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for the great pizza baking video. Why would the stated leavening product be better than just an addition of backing powder, which has a baking soda initial proof and a second heat induced second oven proof?

  2. replicant January 3, 2013 Reply

    This would be more informative if you acknowledged that yeast and several hours of rising have *two* functions in pizza dough: (1) leavening and (2) developing the flavor of the wheat.

    I’m sure this champagne cracker with toppings tastes divine, but calling it “pizza,” let alone “gourmet pizza,” is kind of a stretch.

  3. Marjan January 5, 2013 Reply

    I saw your video making a fast pizza do.

    Can we buy encapculated leavener in Holland?

    I can not find the propper Dutch name.

    With regards.


  4. erik hobijn May 12, 2013 Reply

    Dear Marjan, here you can find some more info about encapculated leavenar in Dutch . Ingekapseld rijsmiddel.ënten-microencapsulatie
    The steel plate works the best if it’s a high quality of cast iron. Burn a bit of oil on top . On any (wood gas) fire you have a great cooking tool as well . Champagne is france, Prosecco is Italian fits more to the pisa, Just a joke

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