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Old 01-18-2010, 08:15 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by justplainbill View Post
Didn't see any mention of poolish in your 7 Nov. post.
shhhh... it's a secret!!!

Actually, I just started using a poolish since after Christmas. I'm in a position where I make pizzas for myself and/or friends about once a week (I should open a... nah!!!) Anyway, it's worked out really well!

There's one method were I add the yeast directly to the softened dough without blooming it. It makes an interesting crust.

Besides, I used about three different recipes depending on the kind of pizza I was making. Using a poolish makes method number four and has become my favorite.

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Old 01-19-2010, 06:53 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by sparrowgrass View Post
If you make your own pizza dough, allowing it a long slow rise in the fridge will improve the crust immensely.

I make mine the night before I plan to make the pizza, and I use the no-knead NYT bread technique. Just stir your ingredients together, cover the bowl and stick it in the fridge.

If you like thick chewy crust, pat the dough out gently and let it rise for half an hour or so. For thin crust, roll out the dough on the counter.
I have been making pizza from scratch for decades and this crust is my current favorite. Just google "no-knead pizza dough recipe". You start the crust the afternoon before the day you make the pizza, it uses 3 cups of flour and 1/4 t. yeast plus other stuff. I put the water, oil, sugar and yeast in a large bowl, mix together equal parts of semolina, white, and whole wheat flour and stir that in the liquids. I leave mine on the counter top, covered with plastic wrap, until the next day when I make two large, thin crusted pizzas.

My favorite toppings vary, from a white, pesto, or a tomato sauced based pizzas.

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Old 01-20-2010, 11:21 AM   #33
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Since yeast does not seem to digest durum / semolina and whole wheat as readily as some other flours, Bethzaring's approach (a longer unrefrigerated ferment) makes a lot of sense. Because I'm making enough dough to have pizza for two people to eat 2 times a week,
On day one I start with 1 cup of durum, 2 tbs 00 flour, 1 cup water and 1/8 tsp yeast letting it sit unrefrigerated fo 8 hours then refrigerate overnight.
On day two I remove from fridge, add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup durum, 1 cup bread flour and 1/8 tsp yeast letting it sit unrefrigerated for 5 hours then refrigerate until three o'clock on day 3.
On day 3 I give half the dough(Poolish) to my wife who adds 1/2 tsp yeast, 1/2 cup water, 3/4 tsp salt and enough bread flour (about 1 1/2 cups) to form an elastic dough which she stretches, to make two medium thin crusted pizzas.
On day 4 I feed the remaining refrigerated dough with 3 oz water, 3/4 cup bread flour and 1/4 tsp yeast, ferment unrefrigerated for 3 hours and return to fridge until day 6.
On day 6 I do as on day 4 but also add 3/4 tsp salt.
On day 7 my wife makes the last two pies.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:59 AM   #34
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My personal favorite pizza recipe is the old fashion cheese pizza! All of those toppings take away from the pizza taste!!!! =)
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:34 PM   #35
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Looks great BettyR!!

I love makeing canolies or calzones what ever you call them.My kids brag to their friends about how big they are and bet them that they cant eat a whole one.I never thought about makeing one huge one.Wait till next canoli nite,and I reveal a couple of these bad boys.Im sure that my kids shall keep their dignity and I will reign supreme as the canoli king.Thanks for the photos, looks delish!
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:32 PM   #36
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In my town, long before I ever heard of a calzone, there was a pizza shop that made what we call a "pizza pastie" If you've ever been in Upper Peninsula Michigan, you know what a pastie is. It's a cross between a pie crust and bread crust wrapped around ground beef, carrots, potatoes, rutabeggas, salt, pepper, and onions. The edge of the crust is substantial, making a handle of sorts with which to hang onto the bread. It was created for miners who often had to eat lunch with dirty hands. The crust "handle" was discarded. Well, this pizza chef did the same thing with pizza dough and filings. But unlike the pasties eaten in the mines, you don't throw away the handles. The thing was very large, like eating a large pizza, but folded, with extremely tasty and juicy sauce and fillings fo choice inside. Pizza Pasties. you can still get them around here, at the deli in one of our local grocery stores. They aren't quite as large as they were at the now-closed pizza establishment, but that's Ok, 'cause I can't eat as much as I could when I was a teenager. Btu I can still remember how amazing it was, with an ice-cold A & W rootbeer. Anyone who ever visited or lived in Sault Ste. marie, and ate at King's Pizza knows what I'm talking about.

Now I'm jones'n for a pizza pastie, and am short on cash until payday. see what you've done to this poor, hungry man!

Oh well, guess I'll have to go home and create something new, at least new to me.

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