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Sourdough Pizza Dough

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Serves 6

Ingredients

Dough:
7g, Dry Acting Yeast
  or
110g Live active starter   
500g, 00 Flour
250ml, Warm water 
10g, Olive oil
3, Sea salt
20g, Semolina flour
Sauce:
1, Garlic clove crushed
1 tbs, Mixed herbs
400g, Tinned chopped tomato 
Salt 
Fresh Basil
Olive Oil

Method

Dough

  1. Place Pizza stone on, trying to reach a temperature or 350/400 degrees C.
  2. In a large bowl add, water ( keep a splash of water out and mix separately with the salt), yeast and oil, start mixing for 3 minutes once things start to incorporate add in the flour slowly bring it together and  mix for another 5 minutes then add in the salt/water mix. (always add salt right near the end as it will affect the yeast from feeding off the flour) If you are using Live acting sourdough starter make sure to feed your starter the evening before or the morning of to make sure its nice and active you can check if your starter is ready to you by doing the float test see link below. Use the same method but leave the water, starter and oil for 5/8 minutes to activate before incorporating the flour.
  3. Mix the dough until it forms a soft ball, once kneaded put dough on the table top and fold it in itself for 8 minutes, place back into the bowl and cling film cover for 60 minutes or with sour dough starter up to 3 hours  in a warm and damp area until double in size. 
  4. Once doubled in size, knock the dough back place on a lightly floured counter and cut into 4 small ball, roll them onto a floured tray place a kitchen towel and let rise for another 45 minutes or until double in size sourdough starter will again take longer to rise OR you can place dough into your refrigerator and keep in there until ready to make pizzas taking out 20 minutes before ready to use to become more pliable when stretching out. (preferably in a warm space)
  5. Dust a clean surface with 50/50 flour and semolina and then place dough on and roll it out into a rough circle and 1/2 cm thick , add sauce and toppings as you desire.
  6. Get yourself a very damp cloth and wipe the top of the pizza stone before adding your pizza this will allow the smoke that’s built up to come off, and slightly help bring the temp down to stop from burning the bottom before the top is cooked.
  7. When you’re ready to cook the pizza, sprinkle a little more semolina flour onto the pizza plate. Slide the pizza onto the stone in one forward motion, close the door and cook for 4 minutes until the pizzas are golden and crispy. Making sure that the oven is very hot and helping feeding the fire little but often will help you keep a more even temp.

Sauce

  1. In another saucepan, add Oil to the heat, add :crushed  garlic, and cook for 2 minutes, this will allow it to perfume and extract into the oils
  2. Add chopped tomatoes and let cook out for a further 5 minutes
  3. Add salt and mixed herbs, mix 
  4. Bring to a simmer the take off the heat and let cool add a few piece of fresh basil and the stems to the sauce. You don’t want to make the sauce to hot, just warm enough that the garlic oil, basil steams and tomatoes have time to marry. 

Tips: Water: is something so simple but can cause so much stress when making pizza, or bread dough in general. Most tap water is perfectly suitable for bread baking. However, very hard water will toughen the dough and slow fermentation, while very soft water will soften the dough, making it sticky. In these cases, it’s better to use bottled mineral water.

Weather: it’s the weather. Namely, increased heat and humidity. Flour and yeast, the heart and soul of bread baking, are both affected by your kitchen’s micro-climate. So dough made on a hot summer day naturally rises more quickly than dough made in the dead of winter, when your kitchen is probably a lot cooler. You can help by warming your oven up, then turning it off and having a warm climate for the dough to rise.

Written by: Chelsia

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