What causes the dough to be spongey

i took a pie home from my store for a football game and after 20 min it felt spongey and no crispiness. what is the number 1 method to get crispy

Johnny R.
posted about 5 years ago

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The problem you are describing in one of the biggest problems in the whole pizza industry. Putting a pizza into a box and closing that lid traps in all the steam and moisture and essentially ruins your pie - you are steaming it to death. Put that pizza in a box and then put it in a delivery bag and you will compound the problem. There really isn't anyway around it aside from letting that pizza cool before putting into the box then when you get it home toss it into a preheated oven or a skillet for a few minutes and you can bring it back to life ( just be sure to take out if the box first).

Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd
posted about 5 years ago

That's definitely happened to me before. This occurred because there's a hot pizza inside of a box and it basically steamed itself.

If you'd like to crisp the whole pie, preheat your oven before you pick up your pizza. Once you get home, take the pie out of the box and place it in the oven for a few minutes. This should help. If you have a stone or a baking steel even better. If not, you might try a large baking sheet. The one thing you want to be careful with is putting a sliced pie directly on to the rack. It will be hard to move around and could make quite a mess.

If you have a toaster oven, you can do something similar, but on a smaller scale. Instead of the bake setting though, you can use the toast setting. Using a toaster will give you a crispier end result.

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Raj Irukulla admin
posted about 5 years ago

Here are a few other reasons your dough could be spongy. When a sugar content is too high and your pizza cooks too fast your middle isn't the strongest and your pizzas is weak and spongy. Or your oven is too hot. The longer the bake the better your pizza is Togo. Another reason is that if you have a flour blend that has dough conditioner in it, the dough conditioner can make your pizza very spongy and weak as well especially I a box. Double check and make sure your bag of flour doesn't list a dough conditioner. A liner could help especially a liner called perfect crust which will help. Another perforated square could help too. Dusting your pizza in semolina and or cornmeal helps make your pizza stronger.

Tony Gemignani admin
posted about 5 years ago

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