This unit has only a heated upper platen which can reach up to 450°F. To par-bake effectively, a dual heated unit is reccomended.
Yes. To get the most out of the press, a food release spray is recommended to either be coated on each dough ball or to be applied each time you press out dough. The dough needs to have oil on the bottom and top of the doughball. You can also use a brush on method. Olive oil, canola oil and vegetable oil all work great on the press.
The dough, depending on the temp and time used, produces the same and if not better than hand tossed by activating the yeast and giving a better airier product.