The Buddy’s clone tempering of the dough and the final pizzas went much better yesterday. It seems like about 45-60 minutes in the Hatco Unit is about the best tempering time so far. The temperature of the Hatco Unit was between about 85-95 degrees F. I didn’t change the temperature on the Hatco Unit, but watched how the temperature fluctuates. It seems like when tempering the dough in a steel pan for a lot longer, the dough seems almost overproofed, but will have to watch that more.
I also found the Hatco Unit is good for tempering the doughs in the steels pans for Greek style pizza. A couple that are regular customers came and wanted to purchase a whole Greek pizza about 6:00 PM last evening and along with tempering the dough in the steel pan in the Hatco Unit for about 25 minutes, the Greek pizza was made from start to finish in about 45 minutes. I also tried the Hatco Unit for tempering cold (right of the pizza prep fridge) regular NY style dough balls yesterday and in about 15 minutes they are warmed up enough to make them really easy to open. I don’t know why I didn’t think of using the Hatco Unit for them before. I guess I will always have those doh moments.
The Buddy’s clone pizza was sauce yesterday a little differently. I didn’t sauce in exactly two or three racing stripes, but more or less dropped the sauce in different places, except in the one Buddy’s clone pizza. That method seems to work better in the sag issue I had. The one dough ball in the steel pan seemed like it was tempered too long and then it had hills and valleys in the height of the top of the pizza, but the crumb didn’t sag from the addition of the sauce. I still have a lot to learn about tempering this style of dough and how to apply different dressings, but overall it went better yesterday. Since Steve and I noticed on different Buddy’s clones we have tried that if the pepperoni is put under the cheese it really can’t be tasted, so both of us decided it is better to put the pepperoni on top of the pizza. I found out last week if the pepperoni is put on top right away, the pepperoni wants to brown too much, so the second pepperoni Buddy’s clone pizza yesterday was put on the pizza while the pizza still part way in the oven about 4 minutes from the final bake. That seemed to work better. The first pizza was dressed with the pepperoni under the cheese, but Steve and I both talked about that and concluded as why to dress these Buddy’s pepperoni clones that way if the pepperoni can’t really be tasted. The bottom crusts are browning well and are crispy. All the customers that purchased slices of the Buddy’s clone pizzas yesterday did really like the slices. All the Buddy’s clone doughs were used up yesterday to make Buddy‘s clone pizzas. The maintenance men and the old flea mill manager said these are the best pizzas they ever tasted.
I also have to watch how I put the dough balls in the steel pan in the deli case. My shelves on my deli case are slanting shelves, so some of the dough balls slid to the one side of the steel pan. I need to put the one end of the steel pan on the ledge of the slating shelves so the dough balls will stay in the middle of the steel pans. It also gets a little hairy trying to make 3 styles of pizzas at one time with only two people working. I think my experimenting with different doughs and style of pizza is soon going to be very limited because I don’t see how I will have time to do those experiments.
I sure will miss those experiments, but this has been a fun journey.
Rocco and his friend also stopped by again yesterday morning while I was busy. Rocco comes ever few weeks to ask me about selling my small pizza stand to him. He always says the pizzas look good. He asked again yesterday morning if I would sell my pizza stand to him and I said to Rocco, then what would I do. Rocco then said I could stay at home with my boyfriend. I told Rocco I don’t have a boyfriend and I do really love making pizzas. Rocco’s friend asked me if he should find a boyfriend for me and I said no. Rocco asked me if I still have his phone number and I said yes I do. I asked Rocco if he ever tried to make Detroit style pizzas and he said no. Rocco has never tasted one of my pizzas. My one friend across the aisle from me said he I ever sell my pizza stand to Rocco she is going to kill me because Rocco is so arrogant.
She always hears the conversations between me and Rocco.
I also think I am oiling my steel pans too much with Canola oil and will have to try less Canola oil next week.