Timing: Mix the leaven the night before, then make up the main dough the next morning. In the afternoon, divide and shape into balls, then preheat the oven and preparing toppings. Shape, top and bake the pizzas at dinnertime.
Yield: This recipe makes four 10-12” thin crust pizzas. It can easily be halved to make two pizzas.
|Unbleached AP flour||
|Water, about 70F / 21C||
*Preferably a mature white sourdough starter with 100% hydration.
Mix the Leaven.
The night before making pizza, combine all the leaven ingredients and stir well. Cover and ferment in the Proofer at 70F for 12 hours.
|Unbleached AP flour*||scant 3 cups, spooned||350||12.3|
|High-extraction wheat flour**||3/4 cup, spooned||80||2.8|
|High-extraction** or Med. Rye||2 Tbs||20||0.71|
|Water, 85F / 29C||1.5 cups||350||12.3|
|Leaven||all from above||100||3.5|
* An unbleached flour with about 10% protein is ideal for this recipe.
**Simple directions for making high-extraction flours from whole grain flours are in the “Get Ready” step of the recipe.
Get Ready. Refill the water tray and set the Proofer to 81F / 27C. Before measuring or weighing, sift whole grain wheat flour through a fine strainer to create high-extraction flour. Do the same with whole grain rye flour. Mark a bowl or bulk fermentation container at the 8 cup (1893 ml) level.
Mix the Main Dough. Combine the flours, sugar and salt and whisk or stir to combine. Add the Leaven and water and mix until all ingredients are well distributed. Set in the Proofer to ferment. Tip: With a long bulk fermentation (first rise), it is not necessary to autolyse the dough.
Stretch and Fold. During the first hour or two, stretch and fold the dough three times. Then allow it to ferment until it has risen to a volume of about 8 cups, 5-6 hours.
Pre-shape into Rounds. Lightly flour a work surface and divide the dough into four pieces. Shape each into a round. Place the rounds smooth (top) side down on a lightly oiled sheet pan and sprinkle the seamed upper surface with semolina or flour. Tip: At this point, if dinner is more than 2 hours away, the dough rounds can be covered and refrigerated.
Final Proof. Proof dough balls in the Proofer at 81F for 90 minutes. If they are cold from the refrigerator, proof a little longer, for 2 hours.
Prepare to bake. While the dough is proofing, preheat the oven for at least an hour at 500F (260C) with a pizza stone on the middle rack. Prepare toppings and side dishes. Cut 12” circles of parchment.
Shape and Bake. Lightly flour a work surface and have parchment circles nearby. Without compressing the rim, shape each round into a pizza and place on a parchment circle. Add toppings, transfer to the oven using a peel or the back of a sheet pan, and bake for 6-9 minutes. If necessary, rotate half way through baking for even browning.
|Total flour||500 grams|
|Unbleached AP flour||80%|
|Total Dough Weight||920 grams|