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Offline moose13

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Tips on getting a round pizza?
« on: October 27, 2011, 02:49:17 PM »
I have now made 2 home made pizzas and i am more than satisfied with the results.
The dough is just how i like it and the overall flavor is very good.
I am doing something wrong with the stretching and tossing.
Both pizzas are way out of round, i could see the extra dough i needed to make it round, but could not get it to move.
I have watched videos on the hand tossing and is tougher than it looks. Any suggestions for a noobee?

Here is my second pie, Thanks!


Offline scott123

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Re: Tips on getting a round pizza?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2011, 03:04:46 PM »
One of the most important factors, in my experience, for achieving a round pizza is to begin with a round dough ball.  This means either proofing the dough ball on a flat surface (like a tray) or using a round container, not a square one.

One of the videos you've been watching is this one, right?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjYqw1CLZsA" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjYqw1CLZsA</a>


Don't worry about tossing.  Some people will say it dries out the skin, but I don't buy into that.

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Re: Tips on getting a round pizza?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2011, 03:17:50 PM »
Great tip, i did have this dough in a rectangular container.
Sounds very obvious, but i never thought of that, figured i could stretch into any shape needed.
I will have to find some round ones. Thanks!
« Last Edit: October 27, 2011, 03:36:50 PM by moose13 »

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Re: Tips on getting a round pizza?
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2011, 11:22:35 AM »
Great tip, i did have this dough in a rectangular container.
Sounds very obvious, but i never thought of that, figured i could stretch into any shape needed.
I will have to find some round ones. Thanks!

You can use rectangular containers, just remove from the container and then reform into a (round) ball before you start stretching it out.
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Re: Tips on getting a round pizza?
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2011, 03:27:39 PM »
Pat, for a Chicago thin crust, with a high amount of oil, re-balling prior to forming can work, but not with NY style.  With NY, the re-balled dough can be difficult to stretch and the end result can get tough.

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Re: Tips on getting a round pizza?
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2011, 09:46:21 PM »
Scott's right on. Start round --> finish round.

That and practice, practice, practice.
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Re: Tips on getting a round pizza?
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2011, 10:25:23 PM »
I am getting better, i do agree with the start round.
Sure helped me. Thanks!

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Re: Tips on getting a round pizza?
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2011, 12:49:03 AM »
Nice job, Moose. I like the arrangement of the pepperoni.

Offline moose13

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Re: Tips on getting a round pizza?
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2011, 11:28:54 PM »
Thanks!
I am getting better.
I had a friend and his wife over for pizza tonight.
The first i tried to stretch and toss the dough directly from a rectangular container, well the pizza was rectangular, no matter what i did to the dough.
The second i reballed and tossed a perfect pie. They both tasted awesome along with the ice cold MGD beer.
Thanks for the help!

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Re: Tips on getting a round pizza?
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2011, 02:55:00 AM »
if your dough isnt round, place the (floured) dough on a pile of stretch medium, and spin it like an indian fire starter, but in the same direction (cw/ccw) until it looks round.  press it down a little, if you need more round, spin more.   then stretch
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Offline PHXCobra

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Re: Tips on getting a round pizza?
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2011, 05:26:29 PM »
Getting better.  I haven't found any videos on here yet to go from dough ball all the way to ready to sauce skin.  Maybe I could convince the gf to video me doing it.  I learned the PJ's way and mine come out about as round as can be hoped for every time.  Once you know the basics it is actually quite easy.