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  • How Big Can You Go

    Here's a question. We made pizza this weekend for a neighborhood party, and I made 18 270 gr dough balls. They were all pretty much the same weight (I used a scale) and the dough was the same, as I blended three 1kg batches together.

    One thing that was interesting was the huge variation is pizza size that different people made from the same basic dough ball.

    I feel a competition coming how. How large of a pizza (inches in diameter) can you make with a 270 gr dough ball? Holes not allowed. The huge pizza on the cover of the FB Wood-Fired Pizza eBook is from Pellone in Naples, and they said the dough ball was 280 gr. That's one great pizza from 280 gr.

    James
    Pizza Ovens
    Outdoor Fireplaces

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    Re: How Big Can You Go

    Does it have to be round?

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    • #3
      Re: How Big Can You Go

      I made a football.

      Any takers on this one. I think it can be instructive trying to get that big, thin pizza.

      James
      Pizza Ovens
      Outdoor Fireplaces

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      • #4
        Re: How Big Can You Go

        I'm game... but my input will have to wait until next pizza session. I neither scale my dough or measure my (generally speaking) round pies. Most often, though, I make them 12.17 to 13.24 inches in diameter. I generally try for about 113 square inches. Any bigger and the crust is too thin for my liking.
        Last edited by BrianShaw; 05-28-2008, 10:42 AM.

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        • #5
          Re: How Big Can You Go

          pizzas here in brazil are 8 piece 32cm....

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          • #6
            Re: How Big Can You Go

            Ah, but how large is the dough ball? There are two sides to this equation -- you have to maximize your pizza size using a consistent (I think 270 gr is a good size) dough size. :-)

            James
            Pizza Ovens
            Outdoor Fireplaces

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            • #7
              Re: How Big Can You Go

              Ohhhh!!

              I can't wait till this weekend.

              here's a pizza from a 1600 gram dough ball! click on the top pic all the way on the right


              Picasa Web Albums - Dwats - Dough Techniques

              does the biggest pie when a prize>?
              My thread:
              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
              My costs:
              http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
              My pics:
              http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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              • #8
                Re: How Big Can You Go

                I think that video of you flinging the dough wins a prize! Cool!!
                It also shows me my dough's been way too sticky and I have a lot more to learn about making pizzas.
                Thanks for that - it's a big help to see it in motion.

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                • #9
                  Re: How Big Can You Go

                  OK, I'm out... someone else will have to win the prize. Inspired by James' question/challenge, made pizza for dinner. For the first time in my life scaled the dough - what a surprise to find my dough balls were about 300 grams. From that the pies were about 28 cm. I could have made bigger but then wouldn't have wanted to eat them.

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                  • #10
                    Re: How Big Can You Go

                    When you first posted this, I wondered why you didn't just give Dave the prize outright for that video. That's a big hunk of dough. Of course, I guess you actually have to make a pizza out of it...and that was probably a little big for your oven door, eh?

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                    • #11
                      Re: How Big Can You Go

                      very instructive video Dave! Thanks for the tips.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Ed_ View Post
                        When you first posted this, I wondered why you didn't just give Dave the prize outright for that video. That's a big hunk of dough. Of course, I guess you actually have to make a pizza out of it...and that was probably a little big for your oven door, eh?
                        HEHE

                        Indeed! It was a bit big.

                        Best I can do is about a 16 inch pie in my oven.

                        Should be fun working with a 270 gram ball though!

                        High hydration... low hydration.. not sure which will work better for stretching/////
                        My thread:
                        http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
                        My costs:
                        http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
                        My pics:
                        http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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