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

Crust of Pizza

Crust of Pizza
Rim of Preferment Lehmann Formula

Adventure in Pizza Making

There are many ways to go about trying to make any kind of pizzas you want to create. PIZZA making is fun and also you get to eat your finished product. I learned to make all my pizza on http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php If you look on pizzamaking.com you can see all the beautiful creations of pizzas members make on this site. Members and moderators help members and guests achieve almost any kind of pizzas they want to create. Since joining this site, my pizza making skills have gone from non-existent to something much better. I invite you to take a look at this site.

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Sicilian Pizza

Sicilian Pizza
Sicilian Pizza with Preferment for Lehmann Dough

At my mom's home getting ready to bake in her gas oven

At my mom's home getting ready to bake in her gas oven
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Playing Possum and My New Experimental Dough Enchancers 3/26/2011

I have been thinking about trying a blend of ingredients to make a dough enhancer.  I will see where this experiment takes me.  I am sure I will learn some knowledge about if a "homemade" dough enhancer does help to make pizza dough and maybe bread dough.

I have been taking care of stray cats outside and before winter a possum was coming around to eat some of the cats food outside.  Now that darn possum is eating so much of the stray cats food.  I guess I can compare the possum with the new dough enchancer I want to play I want to try.  The dough enhancer might play possum on me.  I will find out.

Picture of some of the ingredients I might try in a "dough enhancer" and the possum tonight.  It did want to play possum when I went to take the trash out.  I scared the possum and it almost went off the side of the deck, then it went to hide behind the flower pot.  The possum wouldn't leave from behind the flower pot..lol  I guess the possum thought he was hiding from me.


Great-Granddaughter at my small pizza stand eating Pizza and Playing with the dough!

These are some pictures taken 3/22/2011 of my great-granddaughter at my pizza stand when they came to visit. My great-granddaughter really likes pizza and also really likes to play with pizza dough. :)



Next Attempt at Modified Reinhart Country Dough 3/22/2011

This was my next attempt at the Modified Reinhart Country Dough.  The formula and what I did are at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,13320.msg132097.html#msg132097


Modified Reinhart Classic Dough..attempt 3/22/2011

This was my first attempt at the modified Reinhart classic dough.  The formula and other pictures are at:  http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,13347.0.html


Pyzanos Pizza Dough 3/22/2011

I had made a dough for a bake in Steve’s WFO, but we had too many doughs for the amount of people that came to Steve’s home that night, so I froze this dough and decided to make it at market 3/22/2011.  This is the link to what I did with this dough.  http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,8032.msg132105.html#msg132105


My Pie Monday: Wood Fired Pizza, Broiler Pizza, Baby Pizza! 3/21/2011

This was “My Pie Monday” on 3/21/2011 posted by Maggie Hoffman.  http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2011/03/my-pie-monday-20110321.html My pie I made at Steve’s home in his WFO was featured on the front page of the Slideshow.  http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2011/03/my-pie-monday-20110321-slideshow.html

Thanks Slice for including my pie in your collection of “My Pie Monday’s”! :)


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Guy Fieri's Deep-Fried Pizza Dough

For awhile I have been looking at this recipe from Guy Fieri to make deep-fried pizza.  I thought the deep-fried pizza would be interesting to try and I also thought the recipe was interesting, because it call for a high amount of ADY, sea salt, AP flour, sugar, and a high amount of olive oil.  It said in the recipe the dough should ready to be used in a little over an hour. First I rehydrated the ADY in warm water and then I mixed the dough by hand and the only thing I change from the recipe was I mixed the olive oil in last.  The dough was put into the oven with the light on for an hour, then punched down and left to rest for 10 minutes, then rolled out.  This dough reminded me of the other dough I tried for the
Focaccia col Formaggio di Recco at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,13104.0.html  The dough today also was quite elastic when rolling it out.

The dressing were the same as Guy Fieri used except I used mostly Polly-O whole milk mozzarella with some mild white cheddar.  After making these deep-fried pizza, I think other dressings could be used inside other than what is listed in the recipe.

Guy Fieri says in the video that he likes Fair Food, just like I do, because I have fair blood in me too, from all the years my husband and I had stands at fairs and festivals.

If anyone is interested in the recipe it is at.  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/crispy-deep-fried-pizza-recipe/index.html

The video is to make Guy Fieri’s deep-fried pizza is at.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c17geK-9dsI

This deep-fried pizza turned out very well and was easy to make. The crust was nice and crispy.  I did let a couple of skins thicker to see what would happen and they also turned out good. I think children would really like the Guy Fieri deep-fried pizza.  This was an easy recipe to make and the end results were good. It says in the recipe the dough can be frozen. A new quick way to make pizza for me.  Delicious fried fair is good in my opinion.  I also made fried Oreo’s and Twinkies at one point in my life.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Pretzel Crust Pizza! 3/21/2010

I tried something different with the pretzel pizza crust. Delicious Dandelion on a pretzel pizza.. Before you see blooms on the dandelion, you need to harvest it.  They have to be fresh and young greens. Otherwise they will be bitter. I took my trusty dandelion digger out today and harvested some.

The dough for the pretzel crust was made last evening.  I used KAAP flour.  All the other ingredients were the same except, I used 1 3/4 cups of water instead of two cups.  I really don’t understand what happened, but the dough was too moist, so I added another ½ cup of flour.  The dough was left in the refrigerator for 15 hours.  I believe the dough was still to moist for the pretzels, but it was fine for the pretzel pizza.

I still need to have more practice in rolling the pretzels.  Mine are so uneven.  Some were big and some were small.  I did up the NaOH to 4 %.  I didn’t let the rolled pretzels proof in the refrigerator.

I then made a pretzel crust pizza.  I dough really seemed highly hydrated.  I opened the dough and placed it on parchment paper on the peel.  Then I brushed the edges with NaOH and sprinkled with pretzel salt.  The pretzel pizza was baked on the stone with the parchment paper for 5 minutes.  Then transferred to just the stone.

The pretzel pizza was dressed with Lit’l Smokies smoked sausage, proscoitto, chives, and parsley, basil and 1 clove of garlic that I had sauteed after the cheese. First the pie was dressed with mozzarella, Asiago, and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese.  Then the meat and herb topping were added.  I smeared some Grey Poupon Horseradish Mustard on the meat.  When the pie came out of the oven after 5 minutes, I added Dandelion that had been microwaved for one minute with olive oil and oregano. Then back in the oven to finish baking


The whole thread about making pretzel dough pizza if anyone is interested.



Beginners Recipe to start to learn about making Pizza!

This is one recipe Peter (Pete-zza) usually recommends for beginners at Reply 8 http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,2223.msg19563.html#msg19563 with instructions, if anyone is interested.

If anyone wants to read the entire thread at:
http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,2223.msg19503.html#msg19503 it can help them to understand better how to make a PIZZA.


Pete-zza's Roadmap to the Lehmann NY Style Recipes

Based on comments Peter (Pete-zza) had read on the forum, pizzamaking.com especially those from new members who are looking for a “good” NY style dough recipe, he had sensed that it might be useful to have a “roadmap” to help such persons zero in on a Lehmann recipe to try out.

Pete-zza's Roadmap to the Lehmann NY Style Recipes for anyone that is interested.


Collection of Non-Lehmann New York Style Dough Formulations on pizzamaking.com by Pete-zza

As Peter (Pete-zza) noted in Reply 5 in the thread at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,11816.msg109706.html#msg109706, he had been meaning for some time to create a compilation of non-Lehmann New York style dough formulations. His hope and expectation in coming up with such a compilation would be that members would try them out and report back on their results. Peter thought it would also be interesting to have the members compare their results with results they achieved using one or more of the many versions of the basic Lehmann NY style dough formulation.



"Emergency Dough Recipes" at pizzamaking.com

This is a collection of emergency dough recipes at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,8297.0.html if anyone is interested in looking at the different types of doughs that can be made within a few hours.  I think, but am not sure, that the Y-Town pizza class recipe is the most popular, in the above link.  I started out when I was a newbie with a basic Lehmann dough, that was cold fermented and not included in the above recipes.  
I made many mistakes along the way too, in trying out different recipes for pizza.


experimental Pizza with rye sponge starter and a lot of ADY

I found this thread started by giotto, while I was searching for other information.  http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,524.0.html  After reading some of the thread, and reading at Reply 122  by giotto, how there was over usage of yeast in pizza recipes
http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,524.msg17214.html#msg17214 and then continuing reading to post at Reply 126 by giotto about rye appearing to contain hydration levels
http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,524.msg17408.html#msg17408 and next Peter posting at Reply 127 http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,524.msg17409.html#msg17409 about Alice Waters using rye flour in one of her basic pizza dough recipes, specifically, in a sponge, I thought the recipe Peter copied and pasted would be a good experiment to see how quick that much yeast would make a dough rise.  I can’t recall using that much yeast before too many times,  so I gave the recipe a try this morning.  I mixed the rye flour ADY, and water together and put the sponge in the oven with the oven light on.  Within a little over a half an hour the sponge was bubbly and really smelled of yeast.  I added the other ingredients and in less than three hours the dough looked like it had at least tripled in volume or more.  I only used the paddle attachment on my Kitchen Aid mixer to see if the dough would come together okay.  I knew I was going to use this dough in Steve’s WFO this evening so I thought I better freeze the dough because I knew it probably would be overblown by this evening.   The dough then sat at room temperature for about 3 hrs to defrost before baking.  The dough didn’t feel sticky and did open well.  The taste of the crust was good, but it sure was different.  In my opinion this recipe gave me a good idea how much more yeast will rise a dough fast and also how fast a starter can be made with rye, ADY, and water. No yeast was in the final dough.  I also got to play around with volume measurements to see if a pizza would turn out okay.  

In my opinion the whole thread that giotto started has a lot of good information, if anyone is interested in reading the whole thread.


Modified Reinhart Country Dough


I started a thread about Reinhart’s Country dough and Reinhart’s Classic dough at  http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,13037.0.html   I am going to make some changes to the Reinhart’s Country dough and see what kind of results I can get, either in my deck oven, Steve’s WFO, or in my home oven.

Steve invited me to his home this morning to bake some pizzas this evening.  I started a Reinhart Country dough this morning and the only thing I changed from the formula Peter set-forth at Reply 23 http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,13037.msg127597.html#msg127597  was I changed the thickness factor for a 14" pizza.  I started 3 doughs this morning and two of the doughs were baked in Steve’s WFO.  One dough was the Reinhart Country dough with the changed thickness factor.  All three doughs were mixed with just the paddle attachment on my Kitchen Aid mixer.  The modified Reinhart’s Country dough was left at room temperature for 9 hrs. before the bake.  The modified Reinhart’s Country dough did rise about right in the 9hrs at different temperatures.  The dough was easy to open and the pizza was baked in less than a minute.  The rim of the crust was moist.  

Worksheet from the expanded dough calculation tool. http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,13320.msg131773.html#msg131773  I used Better for Bread flour and KAWW as the flours in the forumla, with 75% Better for Bread flour and 25% KAWW.

This was an easy dough to make in one day.