My brother is great at finding online deals. Whenever he finds a cool kitchen gadget on sale, he always alerts me. This time it was a 10.25 inch cast iron skillet for $12! I was really excited for this because I love love love using cast iron skillets for cooking steak, but I wanted to try other things out as well. I was super excited to use my cast iron for baking! My first experiment: cast iron pizza crust.
For me, pizza has to have a perfectly crisp crust. However, you'll find you get a lot of trouble getting the bottom of a pizza crispy when you've put a pound of toppings on top......which I'm pretty guilty of doing. My go-to move to combat this was adding cornmeal, olive oil, and cooking in a high heat oven. Even then, sometimes spots may still be soggy. Cooking pizza in a cast iron is awesome for toppings addict like me. Because the cast iron is able to reach such high heat, as well as retain heat and diffuse evenly, it cooks the pizza crust perfectly.
This pizza is a perfect test for the cast iron skillet. This pizza is sort of a play on those baked brie recipes. The buttery, creamy brie cheese goes great with the sweet apples, and the salty crisp bacon really complements the other sweet ingredients. But even with all the ingredients on here, from the bacon, brie, apples, caramelized onions, the crust remained perfectly crisp and chewy.