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

Adventure in Pizza Making

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Sicilian Pizza with Preferment for Lehmann Dough

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Frank Giaquinto came to visit my Pizza Stand, his family started selling pizza in 1899 in Harlem, NYC

I had the pleasure of meeting Frank Giaquinto 8/26/2014.  I had posted about Frank at Reply 98 http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=14920.msg329381#msg329381 on the Evolution of the NY Style Pizza thread.  Frank told me that Mick (of Mick's All American Pub) told Frank that I had called and left a message that I would like to talk to him because of the letter Frank wrote to the Editor of PMQ Magazine.  

Frank told me he was looking forward to meeting me.  Frank also told me that PMQ Magazine is soon going to do an article on Frank's family and how long they have been making pizzas.  Frank told me so many things that I can not remember all he said.  Frank said he has a written up paper he will give me the next time I see him about about what his family has done in the world of making pizza.  Frank said he has regular business cards but did not bring any along today.  There is a lot of history in Frank's family in all they did since 1899 when he grandfather starting making pizzas in the Harlem.  

I did not start making pizzas when Frank arrived.  I made the first pizza and Frank made the next two pizzas.  Frank taught me how he opens dough two different ways.  Frank know other ways to open dough balls too.  Frank said he can bake pizzas in a wood-fired oven, a coal oven, or any other kind of oven.  

My pizzas sure looked different when Frank made the two pizzas.  

Frank asked me why I didn't come to Mick's Pub to meet him.  I said the PMQ letter said he only worked Tuesday's and I am tired when I am done working, and I really didn't know if he wanted to meet me.  Frank told me he makes pizzas at Mick's Pub on Saturday and Sunday nights too.  I said I come over Saturday night to try the pizzas at Mick's Pub.  Frank told me to ask form him when I arrive.

Frank really liked my dough, pizzas and sauce.  Frank said I make a great NY style pizza.  That sure made me happy to hear that.

Frank stayed over an hour today and said he will be back again to chat with me more, and would be glad to teach me anything I wanted to know.  He is also going to teach me how to toss and twirl.  Frank had to leave because his wife wanted him to do some other things before he went to make pizza later today.  Frank told me that at Mick's Pub they also put the cheese down first and do a spiral pattern with the sauce.    

I think Frank might be able to tell us a lot about the evolution of NY style pizza.   

A short video of Frank tossing one of my doughs this morning.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

My granddaughter's first and second attempt at making pizzas!! :)

My granddaughter is my helper at my little farmer's market pizza stand right now. She asked at the end of each week if she could try to make pizzas.

She did a great job both times. I sure took a long while before I could open pizza dough like she can. Since I am only open one day a week, she can get much practice in making pizzas. I am too busy the rest of the day to let her try to make pizzas.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

KA sourdough starter with IDY attempt for a NY style pizza in the Blackstone Pizza Oven

A dough was mixed with the KA sourdough starter and IDY.  The KA starter was added when it almost fell back to the original size before feeding.  I used something like Chau's formulation when he went back to his first love dough.  I changed the hydration, the salt amount, the IDY amount and the flour used.  I used GM Full Strength flour.  I know Chau is a much better person to be able work with a higher hydration dough for a NY style pizza than I am, in using the higher hydration he used in combination with oil.  That is why I used a lower hydration.  I also used cold water right out of the fridge.  The KA starter was whisked into the water and the IDY and salt were added to the flour before incorporating them into the KA starter water. The KA starter and IDY dough was very sticky coming out of the mixer bowl.  It took awhile of doing stretch and folds and rests to get the dough to be less sticky.  The dough felt very nice before it was balled.  The dough ball has been cold fermenting since last evening.  It will remained to be seen how well the dough ball opens.  

The formulation is posted below.  The two photos of the KA starter were taken before the KA starter had increased to its fullest in activity after feeding.  It was darker inside so I did not take a photo of what the KA starter looked like before it was whisked into the water.

The KA sourdough starter and IDY dough ball looked like it had about doubled in size until I got home from market today.  I put the dough ball into the oven with the light on to warm it up faster.  I got the toppings ready and then went outside to turn the motor on for the Blackstone.  I had checked the propane tank and it seemed a little low in propane because the tank was light.  I then had to take the propane tank off of the BBQ grill and hook it to the hose on the Blackstone.  I thought a breaker must have tripped in my shed because the motor did not want to run at all.  I tried another extension cord, but that did fix the problem of the motor not running.  I then took the Blackstone top apart and tried to run the motor without the key or top platter.  It ran and turned with the key in.  I then checked the bearings mod and it was dry.  I got some grease and greased the bearings.  Not to take any more chances, (since it soon would start getting dark) I put my regular pizza stone on the platter instead of the firebricks.  The Blackstone heated up faster than I thought it would.  I turned the heat down a little and went inside to open the dough ball and dress the pie.  The poppy seed spacing then showed the dough ball more than doubled in size.

The KA starter and IDY dough ball opened like a dream into a skin.  The pizza was dressed with a new mozzarella, my regular sauce from market and Ciao pepperoni.  When I got back outside the temperature on the pizza stone was a little higher than I wanted, but thought I don't want the pie to stick to the wooden peel.  

The pizza baked well with good oven spring.  The flavor of the crust was very good and different than other pies I have made.  The inside of rim crust was very moist and the edges of the rim crust were nice and a little bit crisp (something like an eggshell but not exactly).  I guess the KA sourdough starter and IDY crust “knocked my socks off, and made my toes wiggle”.   8)

Thanks Chau for us about finding your first love again and sharing your formulation!  I don't know if I have found mine, but the pie sure was good