Rolling out dough
When making pastry, pie, or pizza dough use a cold surface to roll it out on. Granite, marble,or ceramic surfaces are great to roll dough on.
They are always cooler to the touch than wood for instance. By rolling out on a cool surface your dough will be flakier.
I ALWAYS use parchment paper under my dough on whatever surface I roll out on, it sure makes clean up A LOT easier.