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Whew. What a weekend. - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community



I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • Whew. What a weekend.

    So my brother and his wife come down for a 60 mile bike ride this past weekend. Of course, I want to make pizza, and my brother has been tremendously impressed with the whole oven thing all along. Some of his friends are tagging along as well- so I make dough using two of my precious bags of caputo.

    See, math has never been my strong point. I doubled the ingredients, weighed it out, and put it in the mixer. Seemed to labor a bit, so I took it out and dumped it so I could knead by hand. Whoa. Very dry. But I weighed everything! So I start adding water a little at a time. I finally got a workable dough, but I knew it was way too dry. I put it in the fridge overnight to see what it would do (it was quite late and I was irritated with it and myself) and in the morning, it has risen a tiny bit but not softened at all. Then I had the big lightbulb moment. The recipe is for 500 g flour, not 1K. I put in half as much water as I should have. What now?

    Well, If you cut the dough into little bits, weigh the whole thing so you can figure out how much water you're short, and put it back in the mixer and add the bits and water a little at a time, you can save it! (just in case anyone else ever does this!) I made a workable dough and followed the recipe by letting it bulk rise and then shaped it and refrigerated it.

    The pizzas shaped beautifully, baked great, and tasted fabulous. I'm hoping we have some pictures out of my brother's camera to post soon- we had a great time. There was some dough left, so we put it back in the fridge and made pizza for lunch the next day! I made one with caramelized onions and gorgonzola with olive oil and drizzled with a tiny bit of good balsamic vinegar. It was very, very good. We also took a couple of the dough balls and just did oil, salt and pepper and fresh rosemary and baked them like that- it was really good.

    I got brave and cooked the onions, the sausage and the mushrooms in a cast iron skillet in the landing while the oven was heating. It worked great! I didn't notice any damage to my skillet's finish with the heat, so I'm going to do that again. Much better than heating up the house in the summer!

    Maybe someday I'll be able to figure out how to do this the easy way instead of having to fix my mistakes, but at least so far I have gotten myself out of the corners I paint myself into!


  • #2
    Re: Whew. What a weekend.


    This sounds like the perfect event!

    And great fun hosting a group of folks who appreciated the oven.

    Good job!



    • #3
      Re: Whew. What a weekend.

      Hi Elizabeth!

      Sounds like a nice recovery! And a good event!



      • #4
        Re: Whew. What a weekend.

        good job!!!
        Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste
        like chicken...

        My 44" oven in progress...


        • #5
          Re: Whew. What a weekend.

          Har har, been there (or somewhere very similar) - I always tell myself that the adrenalin those little moments give you must be good for you.

          Good save, and I'm glad the pizzas were so good!
          "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)