Hi, I've recently started making my own pizza dough and up until now, I've been using pre-made pizza base mix, which has all of the flour, salt, yeast etc already mixed, just requiring the addition of olive oil and warm water.
I'm intrigued now and wish to make my own dough from scratch. I found a recipe on the internet for pizza dough by Jamie Oliver:
pizza dough | Pizza | Recipes | Jamie Oliver (UK)
I have some questions over the flour though because I am a little confused.
I really want to try making it with the Tipo '00 flour and Semolina flour that he mentions, rather than strong white flour but I'm having trouble understanding what I need to get. I've tried several different supermarkets local to me including Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and even Sainsbury's (for whom Jamie Oliver appears in their TV adverts).
Firstly, I cannot find Semolina flour anywhere, let alone find anyone who has heard of it. I don't have any specialist Italian food shops locally so I am restricted to what the supermarkets offer. From what I understand, Semolina is the hard part of durum wheat. Is this correct?
Secondly, the Tipo '00 flour: What does the Tipo bit mean? I understand that the '00 bit is how fine the flour is, but I cannot find any '00 flour called Tipo?
I have managed to find some 'Sainsbury's Taste the Difference' '00 grade pasta flour with Durum.
On the pack, it reads:
"Specially created for making satin-smooth pasta, our doppio zero flour is a supremely fine blend of high-protein white flour milled from the centre of the grain. We mix it with authentic durum wheat for a buttery, typically Italian colour"
Is this ok for making pizza or is this strictly pasta flour?
I assume the durum content is similar to adding semolina flour?
Does the protein content affect the elasticity of the dough much? if I was to use this, would it be best to mix it with some strong white flour, or would that ruin the '00 qualities of the flour?
I really want to have a go at making an authentic dough, but the ingredients I have access to are a little limited.
Thanks in advance for any help.