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Old 02-10-2009, 10:01 PM   #1
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ISO help with pizza dough

i am making pizza dough and was trying a new recipe. it called for
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon yeast.
1 1/4 cup warm water.
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

the dough does not seem to be rising. do you think it's the recipe or did i do something wrong? how can i fix it to make the dough rise correctly...i am hungry!!!!

can you also include any good pizza dough recipes you know for me to try in the future?

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Old 02-10-2009, 11:37 PM   #2
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your yeast may not be good.........happens to all experienced bakers too.......I really don't give mine a chance to rise much cause I split it up and put it in the refrigerator overnight or freeze it......then I pull out what I need and roll it out .........it rises quite a bit while it's baking

Go ahead and take the risk of putting it in the oven and see what happens.....that's what I'd do.......others may weigh in with other suggestions too--------if it's any consolation mine doesn't rise that much either but it sure does in the oven........don't worry, worse things can happen to even good cooks.........I'll round up some of my recipes for you, too
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:53 AM   #3
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I think the yeast might be the problem... sometimes the warm water isn't enough to wake up the yeast, you can try to add a tiny dash of sugar to the warm water so the yeast has something to nibble on.
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:16 AM   #4
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I went back to my files and one of the best recipes I've gotten is from Allrecipes and I have never had a problem with it........but be sure you have yeast that is not expired......to be doubly sure you can make a yeast sponge first......add yeast to 1/4 cup water and some sugar then gently stir in your yeast.....let set for 15 minutes and if it's good if should rise and become frothy.....that's how you know it's viable and you can then add it to the rest of your ingredients minus the 1/4 water.....it's fun to watch as the yeast goes crazy
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:34 AM   #5
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could be the water was too hot or too cold or as the others have said , maybe the yeast is old.
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:04 AM   #6
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Where is it rising. It needs to be in a warm area to grow at the best rate. I usuall have mine on top of the cooker with the ovens on.
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:49 AM   #7
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I bet your yeast is bad as well. Also try using different types of flours. i.e. 1 1/2 cup unbleached, 1 1/2 semolina. Not until I tried this, did I even come close to mimicking something that I would expect from a pizzeria.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:50 PM   #8
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yep, sounds like the yeast to me
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:51 AM   #9
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Yes sounds like a yeast problem. I agree that it could have been either too hot or too cold. If you get the water from the tap then take it just as the water starts to get warm. That should be about the right temp, if its just a bit on the hot side some of the yeast might die but not enough to matter much.

Your recipe is almost the exact one I use. I would also increase the sugar just a bit. I always get the yeast started first. I put the water into the mixer and add sugar yeast and salt. I wait till it is creamy then I add the flour. I also use bread flour.

You can get crazy and experiment with spices and such, but your basic recipe looks sound to me.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:54 AM   #10
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Emily, I read somewhere recently that if your local water has a lot of chlorine in it, it can actually kill off the yeast cells. My local water smells like swimming pool water. I buy bottled water just for baking purposes for that reason alone.

You could have a yeast problem, but you could have a water problem, too.
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