First Time Impressions with The Pizza Bible

Just completed my first attempt at The Master Class recipe from TPB yesterday and wanted to toss out my impressions for others looking to give it a shot.

First off, I've been making homemade pizza for a while, with a fairly simply & basic recipe I've tweaked over time and added a few tricks along the way.

My first impression of the Master WithOUT Starter recipe is that it's more moist than what I've previously worked with. This led to a little more sticking than I'm used to, which may have led me some over-dusting during the "make line."

Also, the temperatures for the water used in proofing and the temp of the dough when making the pizzas were also much cooler than I was used to. I forced myself to trust the process and Tony's expertise and was paid off handsomely!

A trick I had developed at one point was to not use any dusting flour during formation, and to shape and bake the pizzas on a round of parchment paper. Created a non-stick surface and still allowed hte dough to crust up well on the pizza stones. I didn't use it this time, and ended up with a lot of dusting on both teh stone and the bottom of the pizzas. I think I'll use less and less as I gain more confidence.

Finally, even as someone who almost always proofed my dough for 24 hours, this was a new exercise in patience. But, it's well worth the wait and is a great way to enter more deeply into the process of making pizza, as opposed to just making a recipe.

My big problem with TPB is that there's so many great looking pizzas and doughs, that it is going to take a LOOOONG time to try them all out and to master any of them!

Jay B.
posted almost 4 years ago

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Hi Jay! Welcome, and thanks for your sharing your thoughts. Wetter doughs can be a little tricky at first, but they're well worth it once you get the hang of it. It's a matter of practice.

There are a lot of styles of pizza in the book. What I can tell you, based on firsthand experience, is that they're all delicious. :-) The good news is the skills you develop are easily transferable across styles.

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Raj Irukulla admin
posted almost 4 years ago

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