Thanks for the input, guys.
Well, even if I do try the fat thing, it probably ain't gonna be anytime soon. I've just carried the front 11, and I'm trying to at least hit the pocket for my first 300. (That was a metaphor.)
In reality, the first time I had one shot left for 300, I hit the pocket really light. My intention was to do the same thing I had done with the previous 11 shots, which was the right thing to do. Only problem was that my execution was off. I threw the ball a little too hard, so it took a split second longer to break. Result: I left the 2-5 for a 298.
Not a perfect analogy (because my pizzas a few frames ago were the equivalent of gutterballs), but it's the best I can come up with right now.
Right now I gotta keep doing what got me here. If I try the pastry thing, it'll be like trying to throw that 12th shot left-handed (which is against the rules for right-handers and is to be scored as 0 even if you throw a strike). I can experiment some other week, when I'm in the middle of a 150 game.
Formula for the dough I made last night:
10.5-hour bulk ferment at room temperature (15 oz of dough). Divided into two and rolled the dough at about 10:00 this morning, using almost no bench flour for the initial roll, then applying a ton of bench flour between the laminates. Dough skin weighed 10.13 oz (TF=0.107 oz of dough per square inch). I put the skin in the fridge (on the lightly-sprayed pan, with plastic wrap covering the top to keep it from drying) at about 10:20 this morning.
In the second pic you can see that I rolled the skin slightly larger than the pan after trimming. The skin was still kinda sticking to the counter at this point, though, so it shrunk a little once I removed it from the counter. With this skin and future skins, I will be making an effort to end up with skins that are exactly the same size as the pan, not 1/4" to 1/2" larger than the pan.
Question: Is pastry dough fermented, or is the fat used to simulate leavening?
Another question: What's the most unlikely, most difficult pin total (final score) for one person to score in one game of bowling?