One of the most important things to know about making your own pizza dough is how fermentation works and why it matters so much. Fermenting a batch of dough together over a number of days helps create huge flavor and a good rise. It also makes it easier to work with, reducing the chances of dough sticking to the countertop, peel, or stone. Grab your stand mixer and favorite kitchen apron because things are about to get doughy! Rise of the Dough Fermentation is an ancient practice, most likely discovered by a drunken Egyptian. The theory is that, after running
There was a time when I thought that blackening meant you’ve burned your pizza, but these days I don’t cook a pizza without adding just a touch of char on the crust because charring adds flavor. My misconception that “black is burned” changed when I had my very first Neapolitan style pizza in New York. The pizza I ordered had a crust that was smattered in tiny black blisters, and I’ll never forget that first bite. The slight smokiness and ever-so-gentle bitterness were followed by the flavor of all the delicious ingredients piled on my pizza. So delicious! Technique and
For a pizza purist on a quest for the perfect pizza, there's always some experimenting with something called "00 grade" flour. In the right application, 00 flour can make all the difference, but before you start experimenting with it, there are some things to know about this finely-ground flour.
Sourdough bread is amazing. It’s chewy, it’s tangy, and it works well with just about anything – including pizza. It wasn’t until fairly recently that I had the chance to try it, but sourdough pizza crust has definitely become one of my favorite ways to prepare pizza. The very beginning step in making anything sourdough involves something called “starter.”
If you’re a pizza purist I’ll warn you now: this blog about pizza dough might not be for you. On the other hand, if you like to experiment with your pizza as much as I do, then read on! Today’s blog is all about non-traditional ingredients you can add to your pizza dough. We all know the basic ingredients of pizza dough, but there are some other ingredients that can help with flavor that aren’t very commonly used in pizza dough recipes.
Great pizza takes a good dough recipe, high quality ingredients – but perhaps most importantly, it's all in how you prepare it. The first step in preparing any pizza is called proofing. Proofing is the act of allowing your pizza dough to properly rise at room temperature for one (or up to 3 or 4) hour(s) before you shape it into a pizza. While it seems like a simple task (and really it is!) it’s something that's often overlooked. In this blog we’ll talk about how to properly proof your pizza dough and why it’s so important to the pizza
Making your own pizza dough at home is a fun project and also a great way to help elevate your pizza game. With a bit of experimentation and a few recipe revisions, home-made dough can taste and perform better than anything you’ll find at the grocery store. But making dough at home can also be a bit messy and, let’s face it, a bit inconvenient. Making your own dough from scratch every time you want pizza at home is something most of us don’t have the time or energy for, so today we’re going to show you how to freeze your
Yeast is the one ingredient a pizza dough needs the most. Yeast is the primary leavening agent in dough, which means it’s what causes the pizza dough to rise. The best pizza dough recipes produce dough that rises quickly, making for an airy and bubbly crust. Many people know what yeast does and what types of recipes usually call for it, but how yeast works is another story. In this blog we’ll cover how yeast works and what types of yeasts are used to make pizza dough.
Ever since its appearance, the cheese stuffed crust has been overwhelmingly popular – and for good reason. You remember it like it was yesterday, you were watching your favorite TV show and next thing you knew a delicious looking pizza appeared on screen. A slice was cut and pulled from the pie only to reveal a secret cache of perfectly melted glistening cheese spilling from the crust. Next thing you knew you were drooling on the remote control and your stomach was rumbling louder than a freight train. You knew at that point there was only one possible outcome: you
Some pizza purists will tell you there’s only one way to do pizza dough: make it yourself. Others argue it’s an art best left to the professionals and that you’re better off just buying it. Whatever your skill level or culinary opinion, it certainly can’t hurt to throw out another recipe to help keep your crust skills crispy. Maybe you’ve tried whole wheat or an herb infused dough recipe, but you haven’t lived until you’ve tried sourdough pizza crust. Making sourdough is a bit different than making traditional pizza dough, so we're going to break down the process for you, step