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Questions about pizza preparation, baking, and equipment.

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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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transfer pizza onto stone without sticking

After I have made my pizza and put the toppings onto it, I find that I am unable to transfer the pizza on to the pizza stone in the oven. When I try to do it the pizza goes out of shape, gets folded, ...
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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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Why do my pizzas get such hard crusts?

I usually buy ready made pizza base and use it for baking pizzas. All of my pizzas get a very hard and crispy outer crust. Why so? I thought of brushing some oil on the pizza base before I bake it but ...
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How to throw a pizza dough?

If there are different instructions for different sizes, those would be appreciated as well.
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Does salt interfere with the yeast in the dough swelling process?

I was told by a friend that, when making pizza dough, I should add the salt at a later stage than the yeast, because it might disturbe the yeast from doing its thing... I apologize for not having ...
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How to prevent pizza dough from stretching back

I have a problem with my pizza dough. I start to shape it but it is somewhat difficult to make it bigger and thinner because the dough stretches back to its initial form. Any ideas?
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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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Is our oven at work powerful enough to bake pizza?

Do all thick based pizzas require an oven temperature of at least 300°C (575°F) to cook better as per our reference manual?
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Defrosting pizza dough correctly?

Last time I made pizza dough I was a bit...generous with the ingredients - not a problem, I thought, as I'd read before somewhere that pizza dough is nicely freezable. So, I broke the dough in half, ...
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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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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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How do you clean a pizza stone?

I have a charcoal grill (Big Green Egg) that has a ceramic insert that can be used as a heat shield or as a pizza stone. My stone is black from drippings and smoke. I'd like to cook some pizza on it,...
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Why does leftover pizza dough make terrible bread?

I like to make my own pizza dough. Usually I end up with some leftover dough, which I stick in the fridge and then try to make into buns or something for breakfast the next morning. It never turns ...
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Shaping thick crust pizza dough

One of my favorite pizza styles is a nice thick, chewy crust around the outside - but of course thin enough crust under the toppings to cook properly. How does one work the dough into that shape?
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Does it matter if I freeze dough before proofing?

I made some pizza dough today and only used 1/3 of it. The other portions I decided to put in the freezer to use later on. I froze them before proofing though. Does this matter? Should I have let them ...
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What kind of cheese does Pizza Hut or Domino's use?

I have been experimenting with Pizza and cakes. I can easily purchase mozzarella in India and have been using it for pizza, but it doesn't come close to the cheese Pizza Hut or Domino's use. Do they ...
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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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Tips To Make Pizza Dough Workable

I've used several recipes for making pizza dough, most recently one from Delfina Pizza. My issue is that regardless of the recipe I use it is very difficult to work the dough into the pizza crust. ...
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How to mimic Giordano's Pizza CRUST at home ? (part 1)

Yesterday I indulged in a real luxury, I had Giordano's Pizza, (from Chicago) delivered to me in Oklahoma. It takes two days notice and six hours to thaw the pizza before you can 'finish' baking it; ...
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How can huge bubbles in pizza crust be prevented?

When making pizza, often the dough bubbles up hugely, displacing toppings and generally making a mess of the pie. Are there any secrets to preventing this? Does the key lie in the dough recipe, the ...
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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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Dense pizza dough- need help! How to make lighter and more airy pizza?

I am trying to make New York style pizza at home. I have tried many different recipes and different types of flours. I live in India, so I don't have access to bread flour brands like King Arthur etc, ...
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Can I turn my marinara sauce recipe into “pizza sauce”?

We're making pizza for dinner tonight, and instead of buying sauce, I'd prefer to make my own. I've never made sauce specifically for pizza before, but I often make marinara/bolognese sauces for pasta....
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Why can I have an indoor pizza/wood oven, but not a BBQ or smoker? (or can I…?)

I know people have indoor wood-fired pizza ovens. I also know that in general people cannot have barbecues or smokers indoors, presumably because of the potential for leakage of dangerous or deadly ...
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How to make pizza crust thin and elastic at the same time?

For the title: I'm not sure if "elastic" is the perfect word here, so is anyone knows better one - put it in the comment. I like thin pizza crust, but when I've made it myself it was hard and stiff - ...
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Best way to reheat pizza

Whats the best way to reheat leftover pizza? We usually use Boboli Crust with our own toppings, or sometimes we have frozen pizza.
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How to lighten (or make less dense) pizza dough

We're currently using 500g strong flour 1tsp salt 1tsp yeast 325ml water This produces a usable / edible dough, but we're finding it very "dense" or "heavy". It's very filling when eaten, and has ...
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Is 'Pizza yeast' any different than normal baking yeast?

A friend (Italian) mentioned that she uses 'Pizza Yeast' for making pizza, and one can't use normal yeast or it'll "grow too much".. I looked around the internet for "Pizza yeast" and all I found was ...
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When should I add spinach to homemade pizza?

When making pizza, do you put the spinach on raw or cooked? I would prefer to put it on raw, but I am concerned that the high water content in the spinach will release in the oven and make the crust ...
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How can I reliably bake pizza with no temperature control or pizza stone?

How do I make a pizza in a gas oven, with no temperature control and no pizza stone? I have all ingredients to make pizza without actually knowing how it's made and baked. So I did some research ...
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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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Windowpane test - Why does my dough fail it, and what is it good for?

I am very new to pizza making, but after only 5 tries I am pretty pleased with the results. (I get passable Neapolitan-style and thin-crust pies.) However, one thing I've noticed is that my dough ...
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Cook Time vs. Cook Temp trade off

So I've always thought of cooking this way: Higher Temp & Less Cook time = crispier vs. Lower Temp & More Cook time = softer Now obviously this doesn't apply to everything, but generally. ...
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Thicker tomato sauce on the pizza makes the cheese more slippery

After reading the advice about tomato sauce in this answer, I decided to try straining the sauce to remove water and see what it did to the crust. I let the water drain out of a jar of tomato sauce ...
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Working with sticky dough for pizza making

I made a pizza dough with a recipe containing: 20 ounces of wheat, 2.25 teaspoon of Salt, 1/2 teaspoon of active yeast, 12 ounces water. After a good time of kneading, I let it rise for around 2 ...
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Differences between the oven stone and the pizza oven?

I'm undecided between buying an oven stone, or a pizza oven (like http://j.mp/YXeiTr). I can't find any helpful suggestion - does anybody have any comment? I'm aware of the major differences - for ...
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Keeping pizza crust from getting soggy from fresh tomatoes

Whenever I make a pizza with fresh tomatoes on it, the juice from the tomatoes turns the crust to mush. I think I must be doing something wrong - do I need to pre-cook the tomatoes to get rid of ...
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Neapolitan Pizza in a regular gas oven

I am trying to master the homemade Neapolitan pizza, from dough preparation to cooking it. After following the recommendations at Seriouseats.com for the dough preparation, I came across some doubts ...
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How to cook a thin crispy pizza on a pizza stone

Hello I am attempting to make my own thin and crispy pizza and am cooking it on a pizza stone however it keeps coming out a little bit soggy (its not too bad, its still nice its just not as crispy as ...
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Baking pizza without an oven

How can I bake a pizza without an oven (or any other fancy stuff, so no suggesting of charcoal, sun oven, and so on). Just using a plain heating element on the bottom, like a burner, what are the ...
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Sourdough starter developing alcohol

I have been dealing with my sourdough starter since about 1-2 months ago, when I started it from scratch with just water and flour . In the last 2 refreshments I have added some honey, just 1 ...
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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 ...
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Botulism risk - homemade pizza sauce?

I've read a bunch of threads on botulism risks in various foods, but had a specific question about a recipe I sometimes use. This is for a pizza sauce. The recipe calls for: 1 can (28 oz) of crushed ...
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Pizza dough didn't rise, maybe yeast cells were killed off

I made a pizza dough and I left it to rise until doubled in bulk. However, it didn't rise at all. After reading here I can just guess that I killed the yeast cells: Yeast Is Too Hot. Recipes that ...
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how to improve the consistency of my pizza sauce

I'm trying to make homemade pizza sauce but end up with sauce that ends up drying up in the oven. Here's what im using: 1 can crushed roma tomatoes 3/4 cup garlic 3/4 cup basil 1/4 cup salt 1/4 cup ...
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The role of the gluten in an acid environment

When you make sourdough bread, you usually want more sourdough if you are using a flour with a low percentage of gluten ( minor strength ) and less sourdough if your flour has a good strength . Now ...
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How quickly do I have to use my thawed pizza dough?

I have never used frozen pizza dough before so I didn't know how long it would take for it to thaw out. I plan on using it tonight for dinner (in about 7-8 hours) and I thought it would take much ...
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How to make pizza without cheese? [closed]

Maybe I'm the only person in the world who does not like cheese ... Or maybe not .. What are the perfect ingredients to make a pizza taste good without cheese?
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How to keep my pizza hot and crispy during transport

I am planning to make pizza for my work potluck this year. I will be the second time. I cook it fresh in my over 10 minutes away from work, and then put it in pizza boxes to transport. My initial ...