Neo Neapolitan Sourdough Pizza Dough
This pizza dough is a sourdough variation of Peter Reinhart’s Neo Neapolitan Pizza dough. The dough uses a small amount of commercial yeast and sourdough starter at 100% hydration. The result of this high hydration dough is a bubbly crisp pizza crust, which is easy to stretch out once you allow it to proof long enough.
1 teaspoon active dry yeast (or 3/4 teaspoon instant yeast)
1 oz/28g hot water, about 115F degrees.
–Add the yeast to the hot water in a small container and stir. Allow the yeast to proof for about 15-20 minutes.
Next, in a large proofing container or mixing bowl add together:
8 oz/226g of ripe and vigorous 100% hydration starter (ie, wet sponge starter as opposed to a firm starter)
13 oz/368g warm water, around 110F degrees
1 oz/28g olive or vegetable oil
.5 oz/14g brown sugar
.5 oz sea salt
–Mix all if the above ingredients by hand or mixer until incorporated and then add:
The yeast mixture
20 oz/567g bread flour
–Mix in the flour for about 1 to 3 minutes, or until the mixture forms a sticky dough ball. Allow the dough to proof in a lightly oiled, covered container for four hours. Fold the dough every half hour during the four hours for a total of six folds. It will firm up slightly and be less sticky.
–Once the dough is proofed, divide it into four or five pieces and form dough balls. Mist or brush the dough balls with oil, place them in a covered container, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Before using, allow the dough to warm up, uncovered, but well oiled, at room temperature for at least two hours. One-half-hour before baking, stretch or roll dough out and allow it to set for a while until baking time. (I stretch my dough and place it on parchment paper.)
–Then cover the dough with more oil (preferably olive oil), spread on your sauce and toppings and bake (baking time varies) in your very hottest oven. (Start with your oven rack and stone on the very bottom shelf preheat for at least an hour. Every oven is different so, if the pizzas bake too dark on the underside, move the stone up a shelf or two till you achieve an evenly baked pizza).
Note: The pizzas in the photos were made by Alexandra Jean and Teresa Greenway. For more information on baking with sourdough, my website is: www.northwestsourdough.com
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115°F will kill the yeast don´t you think?
Hi Henning. It says right on the manufacture’s package to proof the yeast (commercial yeast)at 110 -115F. Besides, the dough turned out great!
Teresa is right, 115 F is still well below the thermal death poin and poses no danger to the yeast, though Jim is also right that the yeast will wake up and bloom (“proof”) at lower temps too. In large production batches 115 F would be too warm for the dough, not the yeast, because the friction of the mixers tends to warm the dough even further, above the desired dough temperature of approx. 80 F., so they might start with a lower water temp than 100-115 F. And, as Jim also points out, most bakeries and home bakers have switched to instant yeast(aka IDY, under various brand names such as Rapid Rise, Perfect Rise, Bread Machine Yeast, or just Instant Yeast), which doesn’t have to be proofed in warm water at all. Regardless, Teresa’s recipes, in my experience, are very solid and she has a whole lot more of them on her website too at: http://www.northwestsourdough.com
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