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For Evenly Shaped Pizza, Drape Your Dough

By Cook's Illustrated Published March 2011

Stretching pizza dough into a symmetrical round of even thickness is easier said than done. It can stretch unevenly or even tear, leading to a misshapen finished pizza. That’s why we were intrigued to learn about a new method—one that relies on the steady, evenly distributed pull of gravity to get the job done.

1. For a typical 12-inch pizza, press the dough into an 8-inch round on a well-floured countertop.

2. Drape half of the dough over the counter. Lift the top half of the dough off the counter, with your hands at approximately 10 and 2 o’clock.

3. Rotate the dough clockwise, using your left hand to feed the dough to your right hand, meeting at 12 o’clock. Continue until gravity has pulled it to a 12-inch diameter.

4. Return the fully stretched dough to the countertop or transfer it to a pizza peel for topping.