forum: Food & Drink

#21 Tue 17 Apr 12 9:29pm


From Belfast, Britain
Member since Tue 17 Apr 12

Re: Pizza Dough

Sainsbury's do in fact sell a oo flour in a pink bag called pasta flour so it may even have some semolina flour it it.. But there are better genuine italian flours well worth the trouble to find. The 00 flour makes an enormous difference. With it the dough gets perfectly elastic, does not break up and behaves beautifully especially when hand making pizza (no eggs) or pasta.

A few pointers.
for pizza use tipo00 flour,it makes the difference between "all right" and great.
cut down the yeast, it tastes bad and the dough should left to mature for a min. 4 hours so you don't want a big puff ball. 3g is enough per pound.
Use best possible salt, and two tsp per pound/half kilo flour
don't cook the tomato sauce, use as fresh high quality San Marzano chopped tomatoes. tinned from sainsbury's
Cook it hot as you can.  Jamie's pizza oven does it in 90sec, that's 60sec @near 400degC  then held up to the roof for a short 700+degC blast.

In a normal kitchen, recreate this at the top of your hottest oven, preferably one with top and bottom heaters, on a preheated pizza stone.  You can actually get better result from a halogen oven.

for pasta use the same tipo 00 flour. the correct way to measure egg/flour ratio is to simply add whole eggs to a well in the flour, no water nor oil, until wet enough.. more flour or an egg as required.

Try not to roll a pizza, just stretch and prod gently by fingertips.

My best pizza recipe is 500g tipo oo, 10g best flake salt, preferably Isle de Re fleur de sel. Mix in 325g warm water but leave to soak half an hour. then add Only 3g yeast, mix till elastic, five mins.
make into six balls to leave covered in the fridge for even a week to use as required

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#22 Fri 01 Mar 13 3:52pm


Member since Fri 01 Mar 13

Re: Pizza Dough

I always start my yeast off with the warm water, yeast, a few tablespoons of the flour and any sugar. Keep warm for 10-30 minutes and it is raring to go....

Check out Dan Leppards well every time for bread and pizza dough.

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#23 Fri 01 Mar 13 3:55pm


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Occupation Handyman
From Dorset u.k
Member since Tue 21 Oct 08

Re: Pizza Dough

What??? yeast started off with Yeast???

Welcome to the forums seanfromsurrey... thumbsup

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#24 Fri 01 Mar 13 10:21pm


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Occupation avoiding housework
From The land of song.
Member since Tue 04 Oct 05

Re: Pizza Dough

seanfromsurrey wrote:

I always start my yeast off with the warm water, yeast, a few tablespoons of the flour and any sugar. Keep warm for 10-30 minutes and it is raring to go....

Check out Dan Leppards well every time for bread and pizza dough.

Welcome to the frum seanfromsurrey smile

the stage when you mix the yeast with water , flour and sugar is called making the 'sponge' .

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#25 Mon 04 Mar 13 3:46pm


Occupation Chief cook and bottle-washer
From Scotland
Member since Mon 12 Sep 11

Re: Pizza Dough

I usually make pizza dough with strong bread flour, but I've had success with plain (all-purpose) flour and also with half plain and half wholemeal bread flour.

If I want to freeze the base, I bake it until set but not coloured, freeze, then finish baking from frozen.

I tried freezing the raw dough and baking from frozen, but it never rose as well as I wanted.

Have never tried 00 flour.

Kye, SR flour is just flour with baking powder already added (i.e. a mix of bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar). The advantage with SR flour is that you can use imprecise or odd quantities of flour and know that the ratio of flour to raising agent will still be good. The disadvantage, apparently, is that it goes off and that after a long time the raising agent will no longer work. So people say, anyway, but it's never happened to me.

According to my baking powder pot, the correct ratio to replace SR flour is 8oz/225g of plain flour to 3 tsp (15ml) baking powder. Where SR comes into its own is if you want to use a quantity other than 225g!

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#26 Fri 14 Mar 14 1:02pm


From Nottinghamshire
Member since Fri 14 Mar 14

Re: Pizza Dough

I love the idea of pre-making pizza dough and freezing. Especially since im dairy intolerant so can never eat shop bought pizza.

When it comes to cooking the frozen dough do I have to defrost first or can I cook from frozen?

This will settle an argument me and the fiancĂ© have been having  smile

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#27 Fri 14 Mar 14 1:25pm


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From Newcastle, Australia
Member since Sat 10 Mar 07

Re: Pizza Dough

Welcome to the forums, Boo2aGoose smile.

I don't freeze. I've kept in the fridge in ziplock bags for up to two weeks. Flavour is better if anything (sourdough smile ).

I bring the fridge-"matured" dough to room temp (it'll expand more)  before shaping and topping.

Hope this is of some help smile.

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