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Old 02-28-2009, 03:24 AM   #1
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Yum!

the homemade dough and homemade sauce (and no I didn't use all that sauce):



the pizza:



ready to eat:



Some homemade pizza and beer, and my long week is done and the weekend is off to a good start!


 
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Old 02-28-2009, 03:29 AM   #2
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Looks delicious! That's every Friday night in my house - daughter knows it once I pick her up from school, and sometimes you just can't say no to that cute face!

 
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Old 02-28-2009, 04:28 AM   #3
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I did this a few weeks ago and it rocked! Home made everything. The dough was kicking my ass though when I was trying to form it into a usuable shape, but a rolling pin fixed that.
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Old 02-28-2009, 04:32 AM   #4
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Ah yes, pizza peels make transferring pizza much easier than the normal 'stupidly make it on the counter top, then drop it as its going into the oven' routine.

I will be buying one tomorrow actually.

 
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Old 02-28-2009, 04:37 AM   #5
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Ah yes, pizza peels make transferring pizza much easier than the normal 'stupidly make it on the counter top, then drop it as its going into the oven' routine.

I will be buying one tomorrow actually.
the peel only works if you have some flour or corn meal on it. The second 'za I forget, and would up with the "pick it up and drop it on the stone" routine.

 
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Old 02-28-2009, 03:47 PM   #6
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I haven't gotten around to buying a peel, so I just use a piece of old cardboard (the pizza's getting cooked, right?). It works well because it absorbs a lot of the moisture from the dough so most of the time it doesn't stick at all with very little flour.

 
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Old 02-28-2009, 05:06 PM   #7
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that's a good idea Laurel --

 
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Old 02-28-2009, 05:53 PM   #8
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I did this a few weeks ago and it rocked! Home made everything. The dough was kicking my ass though when I was trying to form it into a usuable shape, but a rolling pin fixed that.
Make sure you're kneading enough to form the gluten - this makes it have the elastic properties. Make sure you give it a good rise, as well.

But the best advice I got in my pizza making when trying to form the crust from a ball is to work gradually, allowing the dough/gluten to relax for 5-10 minutes between pulls. Flatten the ball out after the rise, and you'll probably see it trying to spring back into the ball. Wait 5-10 minutes and try again. You'll see it stretches much easier. Get it out as far as you can, then do another rest. After that, it should stretch quite well if it has a good amount of gluten.

 
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:59 AM   #9
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...the best advice I got in my pizza making when trying to form the crust from a ball is to work gradually, allowing the dough/gluten to relax for 5-10 minutes between pulls. Flatten the ball out after the rise, and you'll probably see it trying to spring back into the ball. Wait 5-10 minutes and try again. You'll see it stretches much easier. Get it out as far as you can, then do another rest. After that, it should stretch quite well if it has a good amount of gluten.
Thanks for the tip - I'll definitely give that a go.

I have to say that since I started to form my pizzas by pulling them into shape, rather than by using a rolling pin, they really are substantially better. That was another tip I picked up on here. This place rules.
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:19 AM   #10
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Cold fermenting your dough for 24 or more hours will help the gluten do it's thing and when it comes back to room temp, it will be easier to hold it's shape. Plus, the dough will usually taste much better then quickly made dough.

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