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:
- 24 hour room proof and 5 day cold proof then use/or freeze
- 24 hour room proof and 3 day cold-proof then use/or freeze
- 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!