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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Friday, April 20, 2012

Othercellos 4/20/2012

I finished making my Othercello, or whatever it might be called this morning that I started at Reply 77 http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,18047.msg179876.html#msg179876 I think it tastes very good and almost tastes like the Limoncello I made.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wow, Paulie Gee is Wearing a Norma's Pizza Hat!!!! 4/19/2012

Paulie tweeted last evening this tweet.

Paulie Gee

I am now the proud owner of a Norma's Pizza hat. Thanks Norma: http://t.co/ld4C4FJ1

The pizza fanatics from pizzamaking.com had visited Paulie Gee’s pizzeria two times in the past year. Paulie’s Neapolitan pizzas are great and have such interesting toppings. Paulie is such a gracious host and I enjoyed visiting his Pizzeria so much.

This is some more information about Paulie Gee’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn, NY.

Photo Tour of Paulie Gee's Pizza in Greenpoint


Daily Slice: The Grapeful Dead at Paulie Gee's, NYC on Slice


http://www.pauliegee.com/home.php 60 Greenpoint Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11222




Paulie Gee on Twitter


NY Magazine Paulie Gee’s


It’s Never too Late to make Pizza: The story of Paulie Gee




Slice: Cherry Jones


Video with Paulie Gee.


Pictures on a blog showing how Paulie Gee’s got started in making pizzas. (Sean Taylor)


Another blog ( Morta Di Fame) http://mortadifame.blogspot.com/2009/12/exclusive-pizza-tasting-at-paulie-gees.html
I love all the pizzas I have tried at Paulie Gee’s!! I especially like the Hellboy and Cherry Jones, but love every pizza I have tried. Paulie is the nicest owner, and I am sure thrilled that Paulie would wear a Norma’s Pizza hat from such a small pizza business.

The pizza fanatics two visits to Paulie Gee’s on my blog.



What a thrill to see Paulie Gee with a Norma’s Pizza hat! Since I am such a small pizza business I am honored he would even wear a pizza hat from such a small pizza business. :)


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Neapolitan doughs bake in Steve's WFO..Thanks Steve and Sue!!

Steve invited me to his home today. I am always excited to watch how WFO’s bake pizzas and also to taste the pies that are baked in a WFO.

I asked Steve if he minded if I made a couple of doughs to try in his oven and he said he didn’t mind. I started yesterday morning to mix two different doughs. I am rusty on making Neapolitan doughs because I don’t make them that often. The one dough for two dough balls was made with cake yeast, bulk fermented, then balled and room temperature fermented. This dough was made in the lines of John’s (dellavecchia) Keste’s clone. The other dough for two dough balls also was bulk fermented, then balled and put into my proofing box (usually for low hydration cracker style doughs), but I put a bottle of ice into the proofing box, instead of using it to heat. The proofing box did keep the temperature right around 60 degrees F. The second dough was made with Ischia starter and used about the same formulation as Craig’s.

I purchased a different cheese yesterday to try on the pizzas today. I had thought my Green Store would have fresh mozzarella, but they were out of it. The man that owns the store told me about Greek Halloumi cheese and said it should taste like fresh mozzarella when baked on a pizza. He also told me the Greek Halloumi cheese can withstand high heat and also is a cheese that can be grilled with olive oil and will withstand the heat of grilling on the stove or on a grill. I decided to purchased it. I also purchased some Sopressata.

These are two of the pies that were baked in Steve’s and Sue's WFO. One was the with the cake yeast and one was with the Ischia starter.

I got to try some of Steve’s great homebrew again and also some of his Limoncello. It was the end of a perfect evening when we saw deer in the field behind his home and also Steve and his wife serenaded me with his wife singing and playing the guitar and Steve playing the mandolin. What could get much better in life than Neapolitan pizza, beer, Limoncello, wildlife and being serenaded.

I have the other pictures of how my dough balls looked and fermented and also the other two pies that I made, but just thought I would post these pictures.

Thanks Steve and Sue for giving me the chance to bake in your WFO. It sure was fun!


Sicilian pizza made with the All Trumps flour 4/17/2012

These are the results of the Sicilian pizza made with the All Trumps flour. I wasn’t as satisfied with using All Trumps as some of the other flours I have tried before in the same formulation. I don’t know why, but the dough didn’t proof as well and seemed to develop air bubbles in the dough while proofing. Also in the bake I had to pop some bubbles. Although the pizza seemed well baked there was a slight gum line and the crumb seemed denser. The taste of the crust was still good, but I think I will be using a lower protein flour from now on. I also changed the oil to peanut oil to grease the steel pan. I like the canola oil just as good and it isn’t as expensive.


Lehmann dough rolled out thin in a cutter pan 4/17/2012

For a long while I had wanted to try some kind of Lehmann dough and try to roll it out thin to see what would happen. I took a small Lehmann dough ball (the same one day cold fermented Lehmann dough I am now using for pizzas) and rolled it out as thin as I could. I then docked the skin heavily, put it into a cutter pan and cut off the excess skin. It was then par-baked. The pizza was dressed with sauce, a blend of part-skim mozzarella and muenster cheese, baked applewood bacon and some fresh chives and Greek oregano from my garden. I must say the taste of the dressings were really good. The muenster cheese added with the part-skim mozzarella gave a nice taste to the dressings.