SAME DAY PIZZA DOUGH AND MAKING A TUNA PIZZA

SAME DAY PIZZA DOUGH - USING GAS-FIRED PIZZA OVEN WITH MOLINO GRASSI

This week I cooked another same day dough pizza but this time using the gas-fired pizza oven.  I wanted to show how differently the dough cooks compared to pizza dough that's had either a room proof, a cold proof or both.  With fresh dough I made just 4 hours earlier I found that:

  • it's harder to stretch.  
  • it's a lot easier to create holes in your dough.  
  • it sticks more than normal to the work surface when you stretch it.
  • it doesn't taste as good
  • the dough doesn't cook as well as proofed dough, in the oven.

Remarkably, the dough cooked much better in the gas than it did in the wood last week.  I had left the dough out for 40 minutes longer and even in that short time in my quite cold room, the dough was already more bubbly.  And this came out in the cook - there were more bubbles on the crust compared to the wood cook and the dough itself had risen more during the cook.  In this video, I compare the wood cook with the gas cook to show how different the two fuels cook the dough.  Using the Molino Grassi flour it can be seen that it cooked better with the gas oven.  The crust in the wood-fired oven became very crunchy and hard with very few bubbles.  It was as though the hydration levels in the dough weren't high enough even though it was a 60% hydration recipe.

So, my thoughts and overview of the cook are that I would not recommend using dough made just a few hours earlier if you want your pizza to be the best it can be!

My preferences are as follows:

  1. 24 hour room proof and 5 day cold proof then use/or freeze
  2. 24 hour room proof and 3 day cold-proof then/or freeze
  3. 24 hour room proof then use/or freeze

A year ago I wouldn't have made dough like this.  It's mostly down to trial and error that I'm using this process.  However, one of the viewers on my video last week mentioned that I should try cold-proofing the dough straight away and then giving it a room temperature rise before use.  I am definitely going to try this and I sort of did in my other pizza cook this week - the Tuna Pizza.

COOKING TUNA PIZZA IN THE WOOD-FIRED PIZZA OVEN

I was asked by a viewer to make a Tuna pizza and I couldn't wait to give it a try.  I honestly couldn't remember if I'd cooked tuna on pizza before - if I had it was a good while ago. Anyhow it was a really nice pizza to make and taste.  I topped this pizza with tuna, buffalo mozzarella, fried red onions, black olives, rocket and some garlic infused olive oil.  It was delicious and reminded me of a Pan Bagnat.

I have to admit that the dough I used for this pizza was one that I had treated rather badly.  I used a 24 hour room proof dough made with Blue Caputo 00 flour, that I'd cold-proofed for a few days then placed in the freezer all scrumpled up in a freezer bag.  I then part-defrosted the dough but it started to rain so I placed it back in the freezer.  A few days later I wanted to use it again and so defrosted it overnight before the cook.  I had no idea how it would turn out but I could see that there were lots of little bubbles and the consistency looked good to me so I used it.  I have to say that it stretched really well and gave a good cook on the crust too.  And this goes back to where I previously mentioned that I would reverse the dough process and cold-proof before the room-proof.  This wasn't far off that process in that the dough was cold then warmed up again.  And I would recommend giving it a try. 👍 

See you next week!

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SALMON PIZZA AND LAMB PIZZA. AND I’VE MADE SOME INSTAGRAM CHANGES!

SALMON PIZZA

We made another two pizzas this week - a Salmon Pizza and a Lamb Pizza and they were both very tasty but not without their challenges!  The Salmon Pizza was undoubtedly the nicest fish pizza I've made so far.  Another white pizza, I spread some light soft cheese onto the base, added mozzarella, salmon pieces, a sprinkle of sweet chilli sauce and finished off with a garnish of rocket leaves (arugula).

This cooked quite fast (compared to the troublesome Lamb pizza cook!).  I was disappointed with the pizza base though.  The temperature on the stone was 420c in the middle and that just wasn't enough.  I should have waited a bit more for it to rise to 440c.

The dough recipe I used:

  • 500g Blue Caputo Dough 00 Flour
  • 300g water
  • 9g dissolved salt
  • 0.2g dissolved dried yeast

Process:

I used a Panasonic bread maker with the Pizza Dough option that runs for 45 minutes.  I'm not sure I've mentioned this before  -  I use 150g of the water to dissolve the salt and the other 150g to dissolve the yeast.  I keep them separate, then mix them quickly into the flour with a spoon and finally place the ingredients into the bread-maker.  The dough goes straight into the proofing bowl for a 24 hour room temperature proof.  I ball up the dough and cook it straightaway.  In the video I explain why I do a 24 hour room proof.  There are 2 main reasons: One, it comes out great - taste and texture and Two, it's handy for the unpredictable Winter weather.  

MINCED LAMB PIZZA

Wow, I messed this cook up big time!  I mean - once I got outside to the pizza oven I managed to create a mess but one that I was able to extricate myself from thankfully!  It started off with the log suddenly losing its flame as soon as I had placed the pizza into the oven.  That meant I had to add kindling to boost a flame otherwise the pizza top would have remained under-cooked.  But because the stone was very hot I had to remove the pizza from the oven whilst I put the kindling in to prevent the pizza base from burning.

Once the kindling had taken, it went back into the oven.  The stone remained hot which meant I had to lift the pizza off the stone for most of the cook.  Should I blame the windy day for the log burning out too fast and the stone getting too hot too fast?  No.  I messed up but at least I knew how to save it.  6 months ago I wouldn't have done that.  I would've just carried on with an uncooked top and a totally singed base!

And the thing is - this cook was really fun.  This is the type of challenge that inspired me to share my pizza cooking on video - to show the good and the bad and learn from them.   No matter what - it is the oven that controls me - the fire is the boss and it will put me in my place when I least expect it.  And that's a good thing - it will ensure I never get too confident around flames and fire - you can't play with fire!

INSTAGRAM STORIES AND IMPROVING MY GALLERY!

I've been using Instagram for about 2 years where I've been adding a photo of each pizza I've made to create a pizza gallery.  But there was something missing - it looked soulless to me. So last week I set out to re-vamp it.  I've learnt to add Instagram stories and I'm uploading stills from the pizza videos to the gallery:  

https://www.instagram.com/got2eatpizza/

Hopefully this will give the gallery that extra bit of personality.  There's also an "Updates" button which highlights when I've updated this Blog for example and when I upload a Video.  

Please check the gallery out on Instagram and I really do hope you like the changes!  Thank you 🙏.

See you next week!

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