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Pizza Protips: Sugar

Sugar is an oft-misunderstood ingredient in dough. Some people believe that it's necessary to include sugar to feed the yeast. In truth, yeast is perfectly happy munching on flour. On the other hand, sugar plays several roles in dough besides that of yeast-food. Like salt, it's a flavor enhancer. Sugar helps create a fine crumb and also tenderizes dough. More

Pizza Protips: Yeast

Yeast is such a common thing that we don't give much thought to how amazing it is, and what a boon it is to bakers, brewers, and winemakers. And yeast is such a fun guy. Or, more accurately, a fungi. It converts the fermentable sugars in the dough into carbon dioxide and ethanol, and those bubbles, trapped in the matrix of gluten, are what causes bread to rise. When the dough is baked, the yeast dies but the pockets of air remain, giving the bread its unique texture. More

From Serious Eats Talk: How to Freeze Pizza Dough

Over on Serious Eats Talk, Cary asks: I finally managed to make a double batch of my current favorite pizza dough (new KA 600 mixer, replacing old worn down KA) and I want to freeze half. It's been doing the cold rise for several days. So, do I punch it down before freezing, and how and how long do I thaw it when I'm ready? I don't expect to freeze dough often, but I'd like it to work when I do! If you want to take or leave intel, click on through »... More

From Serious Eats Talk: Your Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe?

If you missed this thread over on Serious Eats Talk, it's worth visiting: Dear Slicer's: What's your favorite pizza dough recipe? Simon asks: It's been far too long since I've made pizza at home. I have a new oven with a top broiler (instead of the kind all the way in the bottom with the pull out drawer), and would like to put it, and my stone, to good use. I can get it REALLY hot in there with the broiler on. (about 650*)I'm curious to know what your favorite dough recipes are. I'm not scared of yeast, not scared... More

Alton Brown Pizza Dough Videos

In the Serious Eats Talk section today, reader Hobsons96 asks for pizza dough help. Basically s/he can't get the dough to stretch properly. This problem reminded me of the Alton Brown episode on pizza, "Flat Is Beautiful," in which Brown explains gluten, "windowpaning," and yeast action—among other nerdriffic dough concepts. And then I remembered that there are a number of Good Eats! segments on YouTube, including the two after the jump that might give Hobsons96 some more help.... More

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