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heliman 01-23-2010 06:32 PM

Fun was had...
I had a group of 10 to cater for last night and on the menu was the following:

Starter: pork crackling as well as rosemary, rock salt & olive oil pizza.

Main: wide range of pizzas ... and finished with a calzone with leftover bits for the following mornings breakfast.

Sweets: ice creams on sticks (bought ones) ... ok I got lazy!!

I made 2.5 kg dough in the TBird - adding a bit of protein enriched flour to my regular 11% pizza flour to get to 12%. It was the best dough that I have ever made. I even got leoparding on the crusts for the first time!! I believe the success may have had to do with my "reading" the dough i.e. adding water/flour to get to the right consistency. I used DOP San Marzanos and home made mozarella on the toppings.

Overall very pleased with the results. I can't speak highly enough about using a decent, heavy duty mixer. For Aussie folk here - Neill has one for sale!!


nissanneill 01-23-2010 10:19 PM

Re: Fun was had...
Hey Rossco,
how did you mix your pizza dough?
Did you mix it in one hit or did you autolyse it?
I am interested to find if there is in fact a difference in the end results.
So, 2 1/2kg of dough in the mixer, a mere drop in the bottom for a 'good mixer' eh! Quick and easy in a single load. That would do me for 40 x 10" pizza bases.
But let's see the KA's handle this quantity!


heliman 01-24-2010 12:40 AM

Re: Fun was had...
Hi Neill...

I left it rather late on Saturday to start as I was making mozarella cheese and lost track of the time. Process as follows:

1. mixed 2 types of flour to get 12% protein;

2. put 75% of flour and other ingredients in the mixer and spun it for about 3 mins;

3. autolyse for 20 mins;

4. spun mixer for 5 minutes with soft battery dough, then started to add remaining flour;

5. once all flour was added I topped up with extra water to get consistency right;

6. hand kneaded for 2 mins then bulk dough rest 1.5 hrs;

7. balled and stuck dough in fridge - removed it 2 hrs before cooking;

It was nice and firm, slightly springly and formed very well. It lost a few minor points on taste (will use biga next time which should fix that).

The mixer is the BEST addition to home pizza making after the WF oven itself!!!!!


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