My son loves to eat pizza a lot. He loves my homemade pizza even more. I love to make pizza with my trusty oven. The pizza cook temperature and time are key to deliver an excellent result. For me, I prefer to use 400 degrees Fahrenheit to bake the pizza. I often get this question. How long to bake pizza in oven at 400 degrees? This post will cover the answer as well as tips on perfecting a recipe for homemade pizza cooked in convection oven.
It takes 15-20 minutes to bake pizza at 400 degrees in the convection oven, depending on what toppings it has and the crust thickness. Meats, mushrooms, onions, bacon, root vegetables, and leafy greens have to cook for a longer time. At the end of the baking session, you should get the cheese melted, crust fluffy, and toppings crispy and browned.
You can also bake homemade pizza at 350 degrees F and it will take 22-28 minutes to get cooked in the oven. This will result in a less crispy crust and less browned toppings. If you are a fan of crunchiness and brownness, go for 425 degrees. In 12-16 minutes, the pizza will turn deliciously crispy. You can also bake your pizza at 450 degrees for 8-12 minutes to obtain a super crunchy crust and brown toppings. But it may not be enough for some ingredients to cook through. Also, if the crust is thick, it may come out partially raw. So make sure to use this temperature only with thin crust and toppings that cook fast.
When it comes to making pizza in convection oven, we stick to 400 degrees. This temperature makes the pizza delicious and perfectly-cooked, allowing all ingredients to cook through. It delivers a decent crispiness but doesn’t make the pizza too tough.
You can easily find many recipes for homemade pizza in the oven. However, I prefer to stick to one easy pizza recipe. And, here’s how to make a homemade pizza in the oven.
For starters, proof the yeast. Mix 2 tbs sugar, 1 tbs yeast and 200 ml warm water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. If the yeast has risen and formed a foam, it can be added to the dough.
Add 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tbs oil, 1 1/2 tbs salt, and yeast water into a bowl. Mix thoroughly until a ball of dough forms. Knead the pizza dough for 12 minutes. Stretch and roll to make it smooth and soft. Brush the dough with olive oil, cover and let it rest for 2 hours.
Once the pizza dough has doubled, knead it 2 more minutes and roll it to form a pizza base. Prick some holes in the base with a fork to make sure the pizza doesn’t rise while baking.
Place the pizza base on a pizza stone or pan. Spread the pizza sauce on top of the pizza. Then add your preferred toppings to the pizza.
Place the pizza in the convection oven at 400 degrees. Bake it for 15 minutes if pizza is topped with fast-cooking ingredients, and longer if it is covered with meats, mushrooms, onions, or multiple kinds of cheese. When it is done, remove the pizza from oven and let it rest aside for 10 minutes before serving.
The convection oven uses its fan to circulate the air throughout the oven. It allows it to cook food faster than conventional oven. Pizza cooked in convection oven doesn’t take much time to come to perfect doneness. So you won’t have to look for ways to speed up the baking process. Still, if you need to save at least 1-2 minutes of baking time, we suggest you to cut the ingredients into tiny pieces. The smaller the pieces, the faster they will cook. The cooking time will be also shorter if you use pre-cooked mushrooms, broccoli, and meat.
Pizza is a hearty dish that can be easily enjoyed on its own. But if you feel like pairing it with a side dish, here are some ideas. A soup would goes well with a homemade pizza. If you want something light, go for a tomato or a turkey veggie soup. If you prefer something creamy and filling, you can opt for a chicken rice or a mushroom soup. Caesar salad is another healthy option. Not only it matches pizza taste-wise, but it also balances out its richness. Mozzarella sticks are the perfect side dish for pizza if you are a kind of person who can’t imagine their life without cheese. If you want to feel less guilty for eating several slices of savory and rich pizza, combine them with healthy and crunchy roasted veggies.