Questions about pizza preparation, baking, and equipment.

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How much gluten flour do I need to add?

Ill spare everyone the boring details and just say that im trying to mimick a pizza at home. I know that the original pizza uses a flour with 15% protein but I can't find that flour available. Instead,...
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Flour protein and browning

I use the following recipe (based on this Serious eats article) for a sicilian style pizza: 500 g All Purpose Flour 2 tbsp oil 10 g kosher salt 5 g rapid rise yeast 347 g water Mix in food ...
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Why does cheese sometimes slide off my pizza and how can I prevent it?

I eat pizza constantly and have noticed that one of the most annoying pizza properties is cheese sliding. You take a bite and all the cheese is dragged off and often swings down and burns your chin ...
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Stop pizza toppings sliding off sauce [duplicate]

I only find this with my home-cooked pizzas (making the dough from scratch), and not with purchased pizzas e.g Dominos. Whenever I add cheese and toppings, on top of my pizza sauce, they are very ...
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How to avoid getting the pizza all watery?

When I cook pizza it gets all watery. There's literarily water formed on top of the dough. I believe it's released by the mozzarella, but I'm not totally sure. Any ideas how to avoid this? Some more ...
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Bake frozen pizza without a tray - will it melt and drip?

How can frozen pizza be baked in an oven without a tray, without running the risk of melting like in the picture below (found on teh internets)? Or does that just not happen?
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Cooking pizza in tiny gas oven with pizza stone

I currently have a tiny gas oven to cook with this summer and I like to cook a lot of pizzas, but I have always cooked them in standard electric home ovens. I have been doing some reading here and ...
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Is getting rid of the dough the only solution when it smells of yeast?

I made pizza dough (it was ready to use, you just add the liquid ingredients -oil and milk in my case- and the rest is similar to the usual process of letting it rest and so on) the other day and left ...
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What are the four cheeses generally used in“four-cheese” pizzas?

In common consumer pizza, microwave and bake-at-home pizzas are often advertised as four-cheese pizzas. What are these four cheeses, traditionally? Do different brands use different mixes, or does ...
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When making pizza dough ahead, at what point in the process should I let it rise?

I would like to make pizza dough by hand a few nights before actually baking. Do I knead the dough, let it rise, punch down, cover in oil and saran wrap, and then place in fridge? Or do I knead the ...
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Can I make a good pizza in a home portable oven?

I have a portable small oven with a max temperature of 250°C. There are two hot bars, one at the top and the other at the bottom. First of all, I'm not sure that I can get good pizza in that. My ...
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Any health risk eating cold refrigerated pizza?

I love eating cold pizza leftovers straight from the fridge. Someone recently told me that you should always reheat leftover pizza to kill off any bad bugs that could be growing in there. Is there any ...
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How to make pizza not stick on ceramic stone?

I have a ceramic pizza stone that I believe is 16 inches in diameter. It cooks pizza very well and I try and follow all of the instructions included with the stone, but I have yet to make one pizza ...
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What's the difference between a Stromboli and a Calzone?

On the east coast Italian restaurants (or pizza shops) sometimes offer both Strombolis and Calzones. Sometimes it seems that Calzones are a 'type' of Stromboli, because the menu has a single Calzone ...
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Do I need a special oven to cook a pizza as evenly as the chain stores?

When I buy a pizza from Pizza Hut or Domino's, it has a crispy base with a soft cooked middle and a properly done top. When I make a pizza in my own oven (electric, fan assisted, maximum 230° C), I ...
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Any reason to put cornmeal/semolina on hot pizza stone or steel?

When I first started baking pizza years ago, I read somewhere that one should toss some cornmeal on a hot pizza stone after preheating, just before putting the pizza on. Since I tend to bake pizza at ...
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What's a good egg substitute in pizza dough?

I'm trying to perfect my pizza dough recipe, and build a device that measures out and adds the ingredients to the mixer automatically. I'm using an egg in the recipe, but making a machine that cracks ...
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What is the most common mozzarella used in Italian pizza

That's a curiosity I have after visiting Italy. I ate pizza all the time but I couldn't differentiate the variety of mozzarella on them. What is the most common mozzarella used on their pizza? ...
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What is the difference between pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce?

Pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce are both tomato-based, have roughly the same seasoning (Italian) and look a like. However, I (and a friendly user here) think there is a difference between the two. So ...
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Pizza fries getting burnt

I am trying pizza fries. As shown in this video. Pizza sticks are getting burnt from outer side while baking. What should I do to prevent them? Ingredients I am using Pizza break, Pizza sauce , ...
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Which types of tomatoes are good for which dishes? [closed]

I am just beginning to realize the difference between the tastes and quality of different tomatoes for different dishes. I need help from a tomato expert. Which tomatoes are best for the following ...
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How can I make my pizza dough more workable?

When I make Neapolitan pizza dough, the dough is so soft and supple that I can hardly work it into a round shape before it is stretched far too large and overly thin in areas. After I mix the dough(...
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How can I remove moisture from my onions?

Currently, I prepare onions to put on a pizza by using a food processor to chop them, then strain them and let them dry. Then, I put them in containers before use. However, the onions have been too ...
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What cheeses work well for pizza that will be refrigerated and reheated?

I make pizza pretty frequently, and I always have leftovers. I have a few go-to crust recipes that reheat well after being refrigerated, but I'm never happy with the cheese upon reheating. Usually I ...
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Can I double the pizza dough recipe for my bread machine

I have a Panasonic SD-ZB2512 bread maker and I like to use it to make pizza dough. It does a good enough job but only makes enough for one pizza at a time. Can I double the recipe? I'm pretty sure it ...
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For Pizza cooking at home. What is the best alternative to the pizza stone?

For Pizza cooking at home. What is the best alternative to the pizza stone?
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Pizza Dough Seasoning [closed]

King Arthur sells pizza dough flavoring on their website. I'm looking to try to homemake some since my dough is a little bland. The ingredients listed include cheese (maybe Parmesan or Romano,) garlic ...
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How can I prevent the cheese on my homemade pizza from hardening too soon?

I am on my road to perfecting thin crust pizza, but a major problem is that about 5 to 10 minutes after getting it out of the oven the cheese begins to congeal and harden, making my homemade pizza ...
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Why does my calzone crust lose its crunchiness within minutes of being removed from the oven?

I have tried making meat stuffed Calzones from pizza dough. It came out really crispy, but after 10 minutes or so the bread was kind of rubbery. It was weird because I made pizza the other day using ...
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Left an uncooked thawed store made pizza in the car for 4 hours in 54 degree weather [duplicate]

Left an unfrozen uncooked store made pizza in the car for 4 hours in 54 degree weather. Is this safe to cook?
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What are the impacts of common pizza dough errors?

I'm diving into the world of making pizzas from scratch, and I'd like to take a systematic approach to the possible mistakes I could make with regards to the dough. What impact do each of the ...
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How can I produce a more soggy Neapolitan pizza crust?

I've been following the Serious Eats recipe for Neapolitan pizza dough(exception I use bread flour), and cooking it on a baking steel. I cook it at 550 degrees(preheated for 1hr) for 2mins exactly, ...
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Why does my pizza dough stick to my peel?

I've been experimenting with Neapolitan pizza dough(recipe) and what I would call a normal wooden peel(here). I have run into trouble transferring the pizza from the peel to my baking steel in the ...
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Is there a significant difference between pizza ovens and conventional ovens with pizza functionality?

I have a small pizza oven (the round ones, with stone), with whom I make an adequate pizza; according to the manuals, temperatures go from 190 to 400 °C, so I guess I'm baking it between 300 and 350 °...
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Dividing Pizza dough to balls before baking

I see in a lot of recipes for Pizza baking that you need to divide the whole mass into several balls before the first proofing or before you make the pizza. I find it more convenient to just have the ...
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Quattro Stagioni pizza comes out unbalanced

I like to make my own pizzas from scratch, including kneading the dough myself etc, and they usually work out pretty fine. But there is one problem with Quattro Stagioni pizzas, where you're supposed ...
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How to judge the quality of pizza dough?

What are some good guidelines for judging the consistency and texture of a good pizza dough? I would like to know so I could make some corrections before it's too late! Maybe some people have some ...
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How do I get a chewy crust from homemade pizza dough?

There's a local pizzeria that makes a crust I really like and I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong in reproducing it. The crust (under the toppings) is about a 1/4in thick. If you look at it ...
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Pizza dough changed from usable to sticky

Advice needed please. My son has a small pizzeria, a family run affair. Since 2011 we have made several thousand pizza, one size fits all. A problem we are hitting now is inconsistency of dough mix. ...
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Is there any substitute for vital wheat gluten?

There's pizza dough recipe which calls for vital wheat gluten and I cant find it anywhere in India. Is there any substitute for it?Can I use seitan as a substitute? Thanks
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Pizza crust too hard in home oven, how to make it softer?

I got my recipe down pretty much, tested in wood fired oven it worked great. But at home in the oven at 520F (270C), the edge crust is just unbelievably hard. I bake it on pizza stone at the bottom ...
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Red and blue Antimo Caputo 00 flour

What's the difference between the flour in the blue bag vs the red? I'm not even sure which one I have since my local Italian shop re-bags it, but I've seen the red bags in the store, so I kind of ...
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Pizza dough texture and workability

I make my pizza dough with the following ingredients: 2 cups bread flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons instant yeast 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 cup ...
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What is the best flour to use for pizza dough?

I've been making pizza dough and the recipe says to use "good quality flour" but I'm not sure what it means? Are there differences in quality between different types of flour and how can I tell?
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How do I prevent crust formation when proofing pizza dough?

While proofing, the crust can appear on the dough balls if in contact with air (oxygen). I tried preventing by damp cloth but it still happens. The only thing that works 100% is plastic foil wrap, but ...
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What does it mean for a flour to be “strong” or “reinforced”?

When describing flour, I sometimes see people comparing flours and saying that one is strong or stronger than another. I also see flours that claim to be reinforced such as the Antimo Caputo 00 ...
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How to make frozen pizza taste good?

As a college student, I eat a lot of frozen pizza. Unfortunately, the brand of frozen pizza that I eat has very little taste. Recently, I started adding Parmesan cheese, basil and garlic powered to ...
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How to add more toppings to frozen pizza?

I generally buy frozen Pizza Margherita in store for making a quick lunch if I am running out of time. However, I don't really like the taste of the baked Pizza because it is just Tomato and Cheese. I ...
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Baking side of pizza stone

How do I tell which side of my pizza stone is the top side and is the side to bake a pizza on? I did not buy the stone but was given to me some years ago and I have not used it because I do not know ...
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How can I make and store multiple pizzas before a potluck?

My job is having a potluck soon. I plan on making 2 Buffalo NY style pizzas, 2 Papa Johns clones, and 2 Traditional NY style pizzas. How should I store the pizza once i'm done cooking it? Once ...