French bread pizza is perfect for entertaining guests. It’s easy to make, thanks to the delicious toppings, such as mushrooms and pepperoni. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that sometimes it can get a bit soggy if you don’t know the right way to cook it.
What Causes Soggy French Bread Pizza?
One of the most common problems when making French bread pizza is getting the inside of it soggy and wet. This can be caused by a number of factors.
Not Cooking At The Right Temperature
The inside of your pizza should be cooked to a sufficient temperature which will prevent it from becoming soggy and not cooked enough where it becomes raw and gross to eat. This will affect the quality, taste, and texture of your pizza which will make it less enjoyable to eat.
Adding Too Many Toppings
With french bread pizza, less is more. You want to make sure that you don’t overwhelm it with too many toppings so that it doesn’t become watery and soggy. Adding too many toppings can overwhelm the bottom of your pizza and cause it to get soggy faster due to the excess moisture and ingredients spilling out onto your baking sheet.
Not Par Baking Your French Bread
Fresh french bread can be very doughy and chewy which can make french bread pizza seem like it’s too hard to cut and eat. Par baking your french bread makes it less spongy and gives it the right texture for french bread pizza.
This is essential in making french bread pizza since the doughy texture of a fresh loaf will make it too chewy for a french bread pizza.
How To Avoid Soggy French Bread Pizza
Follow these simple steps to ensure that your french bread pizza doesn’t end up soggy and gross!
Slice Bread Loaf Into Open Face
Slice the loaf lengthwise to create an open face pizza shape. Basically, you are creating a pizza crust out of the french bread.
Pre-Cooking Your French Bread
Preheat your oven to 375°F and place your french bread directly on to a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Bake it for 10-15 minutes or until it’s slightly golden brown and crispy on the outside.
Add Your Toppings
Shortly after the french bread is par baked. Adding your toppings after the french bread is par baked and pre-cooked will prevent it from absorbing too much moisture from the other ingredients. The par-baked french bread acts like the pizza crust and prevents the sauce, cheese, and toppings from soaking into the bread and becoming soggy and gross.
Put It Back In The Oven
Place the par-baked french bread pizza back into the oven to finish baking. Check it after 10 minutes to see if it’s crispy and golden brown on the edges and the bottom is golden brown as well. If not bake it for an additional 5 minutes or until your desired doneness is achieved.
You should now know how to bake the perfect french bread pizza! If you have any additional questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below! Good luck and happy baking!