So last night I made my first NY style pizza, and while not a failure (tasted good) it wasn't a success either.
For starters, I used the first recipe listed in the thread: http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,576.0.html
(Pete-zza's take on Lehmann's recipe). I followed it to the T (ingredients-wise) and gave it a full 24 rest.
One strange thing, is I couldn't get the window pane test to work, even after 20 minutes of mixer-kneading. Whether the test is relevent or not is for another thread, but the dough seemed to tear easily, even when pulling off a hunk to attempt the window pane test. Is this normal?
Other than that, the dough seemed great - especially the day of cooking. One other thing I did was bisect the whole ball and make 1 pizza, tossing the other ball back in the fridge for another 24 hour rest (and dinner tonight).
My biggest problem was making/shaping the pie. I've looked quickly through some other posts, but I haven't found anything specifically dealing with handling the dough and actually making the pizza. Could someone point me in the right direction?
Basically I had a devil of a time getting the dough big enough. The edges were still way too thick by the time the center was beginning to tear, and I only got it out to about 6 or 7 inches (shooting for 8 or 9 based on the 16 inch recipe). I did give it time to rest, but again it seemed I was risking ripping the center too much in trying to get it any bigger. I tried some tossing, but (while not good at it to begin with) it seemed to make it more oblong than circular.
I'm certainly not expecting to make perfect circles being such a nubie at the NY style, but I'd love to at least get it out to the appropriate size!
I eventually gave up and threw it in the oven. It blew up like a bread bowl! haha!
I got really nice air pockets, and the taste was really good. It was a bit on the bread-y side, but I think that's due more to the fact that I didn't get it rolled out enough and didn't get it crisp enough.
A pretty sad looking pizza... I admit.
Any pointers, or board references would be greatly appreciated!!!