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Offline ThunderStik

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Here are some of my pies.
« on: May 05, 2009, 01:31:37 PM »
I have been wanting to try my hand a pizza for a long time. Finally a few months back I started. I will be making another post that will contain many of the things I have had to learn the hard way and other things that im sure are just second nature to the more experienced guys around here.

Baked in my home oven at around 600 degrees, generally at around 5 min +/- 30 seconds. All fresh mozz from a country dairy about 3 miles from home. The first few are variations of the Alton Brown recipe, then the Reinhart and the last one is one from last night which is the Lehman at 63% hydration (Which has been my fave thus far, made 4 @ 14" and there was 1 slice left this morning, my wife and boys went nuts on them).

Sorry for some of the crappy cam work.


(Hold on let me resize my pics)
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009, 01:47:01 PM »
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2009, 01:47:43 PM »
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2009, 01:48:14 PM »
Rein,

Didnt notice that part of the pie was off the stone.
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2009, 01:49:14 PM »
Rein
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009, 01:49:38 PM »
Leh,
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2009, 01:50:14 PM »
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2009, 01:52:34 PM »
This is my oven rig. notice the busted temp gauge on the left. THe big huge cast iron skillet is the key to cooking the top. It absorbs and radiates so much heat, it works like a champ.
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2009, 02:15:50 PM »
ThunderStik,

Terrific job, all across the board.

Peter

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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2009, 02:41:28 PM »
Thanks Pete, none of it would have been possible without you and this board.

I dont think you and many of the members here remember what a daunting task it was after you tried your hand at it the first time. Man!!!!!!!!!!!! my first tries were horrible (at least to look at, but tasted OK).

I will say that cast iron was a turning point for me. My wife had to have that huge thing last year and while she has actually used it a few times I know there will be no pies made in my house without it.

I got the stone about 8 years ago when we bought our first house. I have a different thicker one but this thinner one actually works better, Why you ask? Well it holds just enough heat to brown and char the bottom crust, then it runs out of steam so to speak (actually thermal retention) so it wont torch the bottom. By the time the top is ready the bottom is perfect.

Im actually going to try cooking one on the bottom the cast iron just for giggles and see how it works.

All these tries have just been about the crust, to me a pie begins and ends with the crust. So all the toppings have just just been whatever we had around the house, including leftovers.

I have a recipe for homemade Mozz and the wife seems to be able to make a decent sauce. So im just working on building a good pie from the ground up. 1 component at a time.
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2009, 03:09:12 PM »
ThunderStik,

Thank you for the compliment. We lose a lot of members who start out their pizza making on the forum with good intentions but we never know whether they leave the forum because of their success or because of their failure. We just don't get enough feedback to know what our batting average is. However, I have seen newbies produce some terrific looking pizzas, often in fairly short order and in some cases the first time out. And when they start to talk about baker's percents and using the various tools on the forum to design their pizzas, I know that they are learning and applying what they have learned to their pizza making. In many cases, they make their own contributions and introduce their own innovations and go from being students to being teachers.

Peter

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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2009, 11:07:34 PM »
ThunderStik,
Wow! I like the looks of those pies...real good job. I might have to try that cast iron idea out in my oven.

Keep it up,
Chris   :pizza:

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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2009, 04:42:29 PM »
Thunderstik,
Those pies really look delicious.  You are doing a great job.  Really has my taste buds hungry. 
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2009, 05:58:25 PM »
Thank you maam, its definately a learning process. Strangly enough these pics make me hungry also. ;D Im doing new doughs tonight so I should have some more pie tomorrow. :chef:
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2009, 07:15:08 PM »
OMG... they are so delicious..
I wanna eat em..  :-D

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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2009, 07:16:38 PM »
Well, hatts off to you. It seems from the pics you make damn delicious pizzas..  :pizza:

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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2009, 09:51:19 PM »
Very Nice Thunder!
I am heading to freezer for a leftover pie now  :P
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Re: Here are some of my pies.
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2009, 12:04:35 PM »
Thanks guys, these are pics of my very first pies (if you notice the date). Look in the general pizza forum area and you will see quite a few of my more recent pies.

Matter of fact I will be having pies tonight. Not sure how they will turn out tho, I have a new stone to try so we will see.
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