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Old 06-10-2009, 06:08 PM
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I actually prefer to cook at lower temps...
Not sure if I make proper Italian pizza... but hard to break Americans .. they like "Americanized" pizza. - Lots of cheese.. lots of toppings... etc

If you want a really crispy crust.. I mean cracker like...

Try rolling out some dough, and poking the heck out of it with a fork! Throw it on the oven floor.. keep turning until the moisture is just about gone and it feels like a cracker.

Pull it out, sauce it, and add toppings.
Place the pizza on your peel and hold the pie close to the top of the dome. Let the toppings cook and the cheese brown.

Scrumptious!
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:11 PM
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Thanks sumu, sounds good!

We had an outstanding bake a few nights ago. Best pizza I've put out. I let the floor drop to 700F then started cooking with an active fire... Pretty much exactly as SteveP described.

Between 600-700F is definitely the sweet spot for my oven. I had perfectly cooked and crisp bottoms; crispy, light brown and tender edges, perfect toppings. It could definitely be served in a restaurant.

Oh... I am using ASUDaveW's dough recipe (Sam's club bread flour) with Jeff Varasano's mixing technique (with 20 minute autolyse). Best pizza yet.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:12 PM
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Hi Dave...
We tried the cracker crust technique a few weeks ago out of desperation for crispy crust. It was "ok" but not exactly what I wanted. What I made the other night was perfect .
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:18 PM
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Excellent.

I'll have to give it a go!
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I never let the dough autolyse, does it really seem to make that big of a difference?
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:52 PM
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I never let the dough autolyse, does it really seem to make that big of a difference?
Beats me! I haven't done a real comparison. My success the other night could be contributed to cooking at lower heat, the autolyse, my hunger level at the time of eating, or a variety of other variables!
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The key purpose of autolyzing is to let the gluten develop without having to work the dough. If you mix your dough "properly" autolyze has no particular use other than letting the dough relax so it is more pliable for your next kneading or shaping of the dough. Since most of us make our dough well in advance the dough is effectively autolyzing during the resting period. Gluten development is IMO not as critical in pizza as in bread for you don't form the pizza base with a stretched, tight skin - and you want it more relaxed than a freeform boule.

I can imagine it having a subtle effect on the crispness of the dough, but...I think it would take a really careful experiment to show a meaningful difference. (Last weekend I made a really wet Caputo dough that I fought due to stickiness and every pizza had different texture of crispiness and toughness due to the different handling (more or less) in the forming process - but they were handled identically up to the forming...and yes they included an autolyze because I am used to doing it for bread. Methinks one would need to be very careful of the final handling/shaping to draw meaningful conclusions.)

RE: Oven temp, I find my preferred oven temp is a function of the thickness of the dough. If I make really thin pies I want a hotter oven. If they dough is thicker I like the lower temp better. Just for fun, early on, I tried to do a NY pizza in a hot oven and I couldn't get the dough cooked before the toppings and bottom were charred. I would agree that lower temps and longer times tend to give a crisper crust.(less tip sag).

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I must pipe in and say the varasano mixing method made the most awesome dough. I was out of caputo so I used staight KA bread and the dough was perfect. Crisp bottom, light, just wonderful. If you haven't tried this technique do it. I did a 20 min autolyse, then a wet mix, then an overnight fermentation (using ASUdave ratios) which is essentially the FB ratio. I am going to try again this week with some new "OO". I ordered some giusto "OO" and some high gluten which arrived today. I going to try blending a bit of high gluten in the "OO".
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I would suggest adding about 7% semilina .

Up the hydration and see how it goes...
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I've actually adapted my recipe again.
I've played with it quite a bit.
But I'm usually stressed for time and never make dough the day before.
Usually just a few hours ahead of time.

250 grams hard wheat flour(aka bread flour)
250 grams all purpose flour
(I've found that 500 grams of bread flour makes for a tough crust, using half all purpose has really helped with the texture and toughness)
300-310 grams water
13 grams salt
10 grams yeast.. (yep ten grams)
Quick rise!
I triple the recipe for my new mixer.

Mix the ingredients. Knead on low maybe 5-8 minutes.

Let the whole batch rise and double. Then divide into 210 gram (or so) dough balls.
And allow the balls to rise again.

My family loves it.
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