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Old 02-03-2013, 05:34 AM   #61
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I'd like to make pizzas from scratch more often, but making pizza dough is not in my cards, especially when I like thin crust. Any recipe I have tried has always produced too thick of a crust.
I stretch it out by hand to a "normal" thickness and then use a marble rolling pin to roll it out really thin, like piecrust thin or even thinner. We then precook whether on the grill (way high, he uses wood and gets it up there) or in the oven at 475-500 until the dough is just cooked enough to be more or less stable and then top and finish off. We always get a nice crispy crust that way. Got the idea from when Craig was in Antibe, France, and had pizza with the thinnest, crispiest crust he's ever had. We talked about it and decided they must use a sheeter since it was so uniformly thin and crisp.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:44 AM   #62
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I stretch it out by hand to a "normal" thickness and then use a marble rolling pin to roll it out really thin, like piecrust thin or even thinner. We then precook whether on the grill (way high, he uses wood and gets it up there) or in the oven at 475-500 until the dough is just cooked enough to be more or less stable and then top and finish off. We always get a nice crispy crust that way. Got the idea from when Craig was in Antibe, France, and had pizza with the thinnest, crispiest crust he's ever had. We talked about it and decided they must use a sheeter since it was so uniformly thin and crisp.
Oddly enough, today I watched a repeat on ATK regarding thin crust. It seems the secret is to work with very cold dough. It prevents the dough from rising and from bouncing back when trying to stretch it. Made sense to me.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:46 AM   #63
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Thanks for the tips, Medtran, especially pre-cooking it a little. I hadn't come across that one before.
My problem is gluten related. I can't seem to find that resting time and method when the dough will stretch and stay put without shrinking back.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:59 AM   #64
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Bertolli Marinara. Only one I buy!

And yes, Z! I end up with enough for our dinner and ONE lunch for me. That is plenty as I don't have the space to store more.

Thanks PF. I've seen their sauces in the store but never purchased them. It's on my list for next shopping trip !
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:01 AM   #65
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It is a lifestyle choice. Freezers are not hard to come by and being organized is not difficult.
cws, you give yourself way too little credit, the rest of us far too much. i disagree with your statement that 'being organized is not difficult'. except for brief, temporary spurts, being organized has been an impossible goal for me. i speak from experience--a lifetime inability to develop an organized way of getting things done.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:20 AM   #66
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I agree freezers are cheap, but I have limited space. When I was seriously thinking of finding a small one that I could fit here, I decided that I was being silly since I live alone and only cook for myself.

That's when I decided that I'd have to be more organized about keeping my food shopping and preparation planned to fit the space I've got.

It's aggravating sometimes that I want to cook something new and there won't be enough room in my freezer to store left overs, but I make myself use food from the freezer for a few days to make room, and write down my new recipe idea so I can try it later.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:38 PM   #67
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cws, you give yourself way too little credit, the rest of us far too much. i disagree with your statement that 'being organized is not difficult'. except for brief, temporary spurts, being organized has been an impossible goal for me. i speak from experience--a lifetime inability to develop an organized way of getting things done.
Amen! Some people simply have organized minds, but I'm not one of those people. I can arrange, and organize something to death, but after a week or so, it's usually back to the mess I started with. For me, mise en place is essential, especially when I'm baking. When I make bread, I start by proofing the yeast in warm water with a little bit of sugar, then while that's happening, I get everything else measured and ready to go. Even doing this, I have still been known to forget something, usually some finishing touch like a sprinkle of Parmesan or herbs that isn't applied until after the last rise.

Most people can train themselves to be organized, but it takes constant effort and attention. For others it's just the natural way of doing things.
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I didn't see any anger in the first comment in re: the instant roux. Just a straight forward comment about yet another "huh?" product.
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cws, you give yourself way too little credit, the rest of us far too much. i disagree with your statement that 'being organized is not difficult'. except for brief, temporary spurts, being organized has been an impossible goal for me. i speak from experience--a lifetime inability to develop an organized way of getting things done.
I agree, I thrive on Organized Chaos! Being organized is against my natural thinking process. I'm a ditherer, a nervous nelly and spastic to boot!
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:02 PM   #70
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I agree, I thrive on Organized Chaos! Being organized is against my natural thinking process. I'm a ditherer, a nervous nelly and spastic to boot!
I like to think of it as being Creative. My Disorganized Chaos is very Creative, I keep telling myself.
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