I want to make my own pizza from scratch, and am thinking of using a cast-iron pan or griddle for baking the dough. My problem is how to transfer the shaped dough into the hot pan.
The pan needs to be preheated first, to 450 or 500 degrees. I've read that it is possible to shape the dough directly inside the hot pan. This would let me avoid the "transfer dough to oven" problem. But the act of shaping dough inside a hot pan seems dangerous (risk of getting my hands burned).
My question: Can pizza dough be safely shaped inside a preheated cast-iron pan? Or does the dough need to be shaped in a different place and then somehow transferred to the pan?
Please do not advise me to buy a pizza peel and stone. Maybe in the future I will buy them. But at this point I just want to use what I already own, and I already have a cast-iron pan and griddle.