I am glad I tried Peter’s formulation for a clone Mack’s pizza. I thought his formulation in the deck oven came closest to a Mack’s pizza. The crumb was about the same as a Mack’s pizza and also tasted very good. The dough ball was very easy to open. I really pressed on the dough so there wouldn’t be much of any open spring.
There was a slight mishap in making this Mack’s clone pizza. The Cracker Barrel extra sharp white cheddar cheese was shredded awhile before the pizza was made and it got soft sitting at room temperature. Randy had put the sauce in a plastic squeeze bottle. I started to put the sauce on the middle and as I was trying to make the swirl pattern to the edges, and somehow the lid flew off. Maybe the sauce was a little too thick. It then made a big splatter on the edge of the skin. I had quickly put the sauce back into the plastic container and somehow some strands of cheese must have gotten stuck in the plastic container. I was finishing applying the sauce and somehow a piece of cheese got stuck in the plastic cut off lid. I squeezed really hard and the piece of cheese and sauce went flying out all over and even hit a woman walking in the aisle. The plastic lid stayed on this time. The sauce hit the woman’s forehead and some got on her T-shirt. I was embarrassed and got some wet papers towels to help her clean her T-shirt. The woman was so upset and said I had pointed the container at her, which I didn’t , because the sauce even hit the side where the cash register sits. The piece of cheese that was stuck in the lid was also stuck there. Steve cleaned that mess up. Thankfully the woman’s husband or boyfriend wasn’t as upset as she was. Finally her T-shirt was clean. I then slide the pie into the oven.
I think this Mack’s clone attempt tasted more like a Mack’s pizza than my other Mack’s clone attempts. The cheese doesn’t taste exactly like Mack’s cheese but has a good tang like Mack‘s, is buttery tasting and oils a lot.
Steve took a video of me trying to throw the dough, but I am so bad at throwing dough, that the one time I went to catch the dough I used my finger tips and tore the dough. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSoZTDxzqdo It can be seen in the second video where the dough was tore. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HG0K8ig-OI It was my fault that the dough tore. I quickly pinched it back together and it held nicely when the pie was baked.
This next video is of Steve using the pizza cutter to slice the Mack’s attempt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8XpaXatxhA
Thanks Peter for setting-forth your dough formulation for a Mack’s clone. Sorry I didn’t try it before.
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