There are so many variables that go into making a PIZZA. The hydration of the dough, flour, yeast and many more.. Amounts of any kind of yeast in a pizza can make a big difference. Most recipes posted on the web, use too much yeast in their recipes. What I have found out so far, is either bulk fermenting the dough or cold fermenting the dough will give a better flavor in the crust. I am still experimenting to find different flavors in the crust of pies. In my opinion pizza is all about the best flavor you can achieve in a crust. I still am on the journey about flavors in the crust. Even differences in temperatures in you home or times of the year can influence how much yeast to use. If you want a pizza to develop flavors in the crust, there are many ways to go about achieving this.


Preferment for Lehmann Dough Pizzas

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Rim of Preferment Lehmann Formula

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Sicilian Pizza with Preferment for Lehmann Dough

Friday, September 4, 2015

Best attempt at a Mack's Pizza

I went to Walmart and purchased two cans of Great Value Crushed Tomatoes, and two cans of Great Value Tomato Paste,  I also purchased the Cracker Barrel Vermont Sharp-White Cheddar.  I was only going to use one can of the crushed tomatoes and one can of the tomato paste for the pizza sauce, in addition to some other ingredients.  I am going to use Peter's formulation at Reply 307 http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=9068.msg99472#msg99472 

KABF/VWG Blend* (100%):
Water (55%):
IDY (0.20%):
Salt (2%):
Olive Oil (5%):
Sugar (1.5%):
Total (163.7%):
367.32 g  |  12.96 oz | 0.81 lbs
202.03 g  |  7.13 oz | 0.45 lbs
0.73 g | 0.03 oz | 0 lbs | 0.24 tsp | 0.08 tbsp
7.35 g | 0.26 oz | 0.02 lbs | 1.32 tsp | 0.44 tbsp
18.37 g | 0.65 oz | 0.04 lbs | 4.08 tsp | 1.36 tbsp
5.51 g | 0.19 oz | 0.01 lbs | 1.38 tsp | 0.46 tbsp
601.3 g | 21.21 oz | 1.33 lbs | TF = N/A

I took the Cracker Barrel Vermont Sharp-White cheddar over to market.  It is the same color as the cheddar I use at market.  I tasted the Vermont Sharp-White cheddar in comparison with the cheddar I use.  They both tasted the same, but the cheddar I use is a little softer when it is touched.  The Vermont Sharp-White cheddar was shredded in the Pelican head so it would be the same as the cheddar I normally use. 

This was the Mack's attempted dough using Peter's formulation and the pizza sauce from the Great Value Tomato products.  The olive oil was mixed in with the water because the olive oil was 5% of the total formulation.  The flat beater on the Kitchen Aid mixer was used first until the oil looked incorporated.  Then the spiral dough hook was used on speed one, and the dough was mixed for 10 minutes.  The final dough temperature was 82 degrees F.  I used regular room temperature water.  I had wanted to mix the dough yesterday, or this morning, but there were too many other things to do. 

The MAE method was used for the olive oil, oregano, Italian seasoning, crushed garlic and red pepper flakes.  To the two Great Value products, with the ingredients that were microwaved, (using the MAE method) more oregano, Italian seasonings, sugar, Kosher salt, and a little more red pepper flakes were added.  I added a little more sugar than I normally do because the sauce didn't taste as sweet as the one for market does.  Parmesan cheese was added last and then was stirred. 


Peter's Mack's clone dough worked perfectly to make a Mack's pizza.  Thanks Peter!  The two Walmart products also make a good Mack's clone sauce and the Cracker Barrel Vermont Sharp-White cheddar was a good choice for a Mack's clone pizza.  What more could I ask for today.    Now I am debating with myself if I want to use Peter' formulation with my flour for my regular boardwalk style doughs.

The dough ball sat out longer than I wanted but it worked out well.  A little water had to be added to the Walmart tomato products.

A regular customer of mine came by and is used to my regular boardwalk style pizzas.  He did purchase some slices of the regular boardwalk style pizzas.  He said he had been to Manco and Manco lately and his friend told him he had to try Manco and Manco's pizza because they were the best pizzas.  The regular customer told me there was nothing special about Manco and Manco's pizza.  I had thought I saw on videos at Manco and Manco that they only put the cheese down first and then the spiral of sauce, but then no second layer of cheese was added.  The customer told me they don't put down a second layer of cheese on their pies, and the sauce it too much in places, and not enough in other places.  I wonder when that changed.  I then got the customer to try a slice of the Mack's clone.  He said it was much better than Manco and Manco pizzas


Two videos of me trying to toss and twirl Peter's dough formulation.  I sure can't toss and twirl the dough right, but the dough was very strong.  If someone knew how to toss and twirl they could have done a much better job that I did.  For the first video a customer came to purchase some pizza and then my granddaughter had to stop taking the video. 


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Quan Li Great Caricature Artist Near Times Square

I was walking towards Times Square heading to Port Authority to take the bus home from NYC. I stopped to watch the caricature artists. I had a little bit of time until I had to catch the bus. I noticed one man that drew a great caricature of someone else. I asked the man if he could do draw a caricature of me holding a pizza and to not include all the age lines on my face. Quan Li drew a great caricature of me in a short amount of time. Quan Li is a great artist in my opinion. I was greatly pleased in the caricature he drew of me. I am going to hang the caricature at my small pizzas stand. If Quan Li ever sees this post, I hope he gets in contact with me. Thanks so much Quan Li!! Quan used different charcoals to do the caricature.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour-with Tony Muia

Last Friday I went on the Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour with Tony Muia. I really thought the tour was awesome! I learned a lot I didn't know about Brooklyn, and enjoyed the two styles of pizzas on the tour. Tony really knows a lot about Brooklyn and explained so many things most people don't know. I enjoyed seeing cobble stone streets, learning about the history of Brooklyn, and seeing how much Brooklyn is changing into more like Manhattan with all the high rise buildings they are constructing in Brooklyn now. Tony also explained a lot about the mob and what went on in Bensonhurst. Tony took the time to take each of the tour peoples photos under the Brooklyn Bridge. I enjoyed seeing where rich people live in the Bay Ridge part of Brooklyn. Tony explained how Coney Island has changed a lot and who started those changes. I also enjoyed driving through the Bowery and learning how that has changed. I saw some pizza men in the Bari Restaurant and Supply shop and sure would have like to go in and look at them. When we got back to Union Square I asked Tony what would be the best way for me to get there. Tony told me to just walk down the same street until I got there. I Googled how long it would take me to get there and it said it would take 55 minutes. It was already 4:00 PM so it was too late to walk there since they closed at 5:00 PM. There is a restroom on the bus and also good screens to watch what Tony is talking about. The seats were really comfy and there were wide windows so you could see everything. I sat next to a lady from Australia. There were a lot of people from other countries and the US on the pizza tour. I didn't take any photos while driving through the one area of Brooklyn but it was interested to see how the blocks had so many different nationalities and seeing the foods and other things they offered. From one block to the next few blocks things can change a lot. Tony is from Besonhurst and still lives there.


These are some of the things that were seen on the tour.
Come with an appetite because you’ll be eating pizza! You’ll have a tough time deciding which slice is your favorite between the award winning, Neapolitan-style pizza at Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge (where’s there’s NO waiting on line!) and the legendary Sicilian-style pizza at L&B Spumoni Gardens.

You’ll see movie locations from favorite films like Saturday Night Fever, Goodfellas, The French Connection, Scent of a Woman, Annie Hall and more!

You’ll love watching movie clips on our TV monitors as we drive up to the locations!

Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park for spectacular views of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and great photo opportunities!

Walk around Coney Island’s world-famous amusement park and boardwalk.

See incredible views of the world famous Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Verrazano-Narrows Bridges.

See the Brooklyn Army Terminal where Elvis shipped off to Germany in 1958.

View million dollar homes along breathtaking Shore Road in Bay Ridge, including the famous “Gingerbread House.”

Learn about your favorite Brooklyn-born celebrities!

Experience parts of Brooklyn you won’t get anywhere else! As Brooklynites, we’ll take you off the beaten path.


I really enjoyed going on Tony's Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour and would highly recommend it for anyone that wants to try two styles of pizzas and also learn about Brooklyn.  I thought the Pizza Tour was awesome, and always will recall the memories of going on Tony's pizza tour.  Tony and I talked about different style of pizzas after the pizza tour.  Tony told me he tried to help a man start another pizza tour in Staten Island, but that pizza tour never really was successful.  Tony did show me though the logo on shirts of where that pizza tour went.  I was lucky to have tried two of those pizzerias on my trip to Staten Island.  I still want to try Joe and Pat's someday.

Included in the photos of Tony's Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour is photos of the ferry ride back and from Staten Island and Manhattan.  

I would highly recommend The Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour!!! :)  Congrats Tony on your 10th Anniversary!!