the making of
7 1/2 cups (1000g) AP flour, plus extra for shaping
4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp dry active yeast
28 oz can tomatoes, undrained, pureed or crushed by hand
16 oz fresh mozzarella
crushed red pepper flakes
DAY 1: Whisk flour, salt and yeast in a bowl. Stir in 3 cups of water until well incorporated. Mix dough with hands until it forms a rough ball. Transfer to a large clean bowl adn cover with plastic wrap. Let sit out on counter until more than doubled in size, about 18 hours.
DAY 2: Transfer dough to a floured surface. Divide into 6 equal parts. Gently mold each into a ball. Dust balls with flour, cover with plastic then let rest for about 1 hour.
Heat oven to as hot as it can go. Mine was 500F.
Gently shape each ball into a 10"-12" dish using either your hands or a rolling pin. Dust with flour if dough sticks to surface.
Transfer to a baking sheet, spread some of the crushed tomatoes on the dough. Then tear some of the mozzarella over. Brush edges with olive oil.
Bake until bottom of crust is crisp and top is blistered. Mine took about 10 minutes but it will vary on your over. Once down, sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes over and slice. Repeat with each dough ball.
So many photos I had to split it into to sets.
On Tuesday night I started the dough, by Wednesday morning it was a huge bubbling creature that was nearly spilling out of the bowl. I wasn't about to make pizza at 9am when I was only up so early to take the pups out on his morning walk. So it went into the fridge so it wouldn't rise anymore. I took it out a few hours later and then the pizza adventure began.
We had made deep dish pizzas a few weeks earlier, they were good but not really what we were looking for. It was so much crust. Too much crust. This recipe is the exact opposite. Really thin, crisp crust. Probably one of the best ones I have made at home. Normally homemade pizza tastes well, homemade. This one didn't. It tasted like real pizza. Even better than the one pizza shop in town that delivers, that you just buy out of laziness, no one really likes it.
The rain has started up again and it is making the pups go crazy. We have been on 6 walks around the block today. It's only 11:30am.