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Offline pt

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Pizzas with DIY Pizza Press
« on: September 03, 2013, 02:43:27 PM »
I have never used a pizza press like this one, http://www.doughxpress.com/dm18 but I have had a lot of good pizzas made from one.  I also have had some pretty bad pizzas where they use a press (California Pizza Kitchen).
 
The DIY press I came up with is simple, cheap and effective.  All you need is a Presto Griddle and a 10-14 inch stock pot. I am using this setup to press out cold dough to about 8-12 and then finishing it to final size by slapping or tossing.

Some tips for trying this.

Have dough at 80 or so degrees after mixing
Let the dough balls proof for 45-60 minutes before 24 hour refrigeration (I am using about 3/16 teaspoon ady for 342 grams of flour)
Use 58-60 percent water to flour ratio
Spray bottom of the stock pot and top of dough ball with cooking spray
Have griddle at 150 degrees when pressing the ball on top of the pot
Use even pressure when pushing down for 4-6 seconds

The American style pizzas/crust turn out very good using this setup.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2013, 02:48:16 PM by pt »


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Re: Pizzas with DIY Pizza Press
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2013, 02:47:09 PM »
Here is a 14 pizza made with the diy pizza press. No flour touched the dough ball after it came out of the mixer. I used semolina on the peel to transfer to the Blackstone oven.

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Re: Pizzas with DIY Pizza Press
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2013, 09:23:40 PM »
Do you have a picture of your DIY press?

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Re: Pizzas with DIY Pizza Press
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2013, 11:12:48 AM »
mp233069,

I am using this griddle http://www.amazon.com/Presto-07030-20-Inch-Electric-Griddle/dp/B001078UCC/ref=ase_pizzamaking-20/103-6714061-5151001 with a 9.5 smooth flat bottom cooking pot that is turned upside down on the counter when pressing out the dough.

You would have to use this http://www.amazon.com/Presto-07046-Griddle-Cool-Touch-Electric/dp/B00066XROO//ref=ase_pizzamaking-20/103-6714061-5151001 griddle for a 10-14 cooking pot.
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Re: Pizzas with DIY Pizza Press
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2013, 11:05:16 PM »
Very ingenious, thanks.
Mario

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Re: Pizzas with DIY Pizza Press
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2013, 11:15:15 AM »
Thanks MP. I bet someone else has done this before me. ;)  Have you ever used a press before?

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Re: Pizzas with DIY Pizza Press
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2013, 07:10:00 PM »
No I have not but I need to do something to improve on the appearance of my pies. :)