Author Topic: Dense dough - any tips to make it light and fluffy?  (Read 941 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline aspencer

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 3
  • Location: San Diego
  • I Love Pizza!
Dense dough - any tips to make it light and fluffy?
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:27:13 PM »
I can't seem to make anything but a dense "tombstone style" crust. I tried adding more yeast but it just made my dough tacky and it came out mush... I'm just trying to make a simple 12 in. crust on my pizza stone and I can't seem to get it right. I've tried using a different flour, switching to honey instead of sugar and changing the amount of olive oil... any tips?

Thanks!


Offline JD

  • Supporting Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1238
  • Location: NE Mississippi, but NY born & raised
Re: Dense dough - any tips to make it light and fluffy?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2014, 04:29:27 PM »
Try to fill us in on your exact process, step by step, from making the dough to making the pizza.
Josh

Offline adletson

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 108
  • Age: 31
  • Location: Northwest AL
Re: Dense dough - any tips to make it light and fluffy?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2014, 04:37:01 PM »
Things that would be helpful.

Goal type of pizza:

Baking method/apparatus:

Exact recipe specifications, preferable by weight in oz or grams:
-Flour (Amount, type, and brand)
-Water
-Salt
-Yeast (Amount and type)
-Sweetener (Amount and type)
-Oil (Amount and type)

Mixing and proofing procedure, being as thorough as possible.

There are some absolute pizza geniuses on this board, and the more they know, the more they can help.

Offline The Dough Doctor

  • Tom Lehmann
  • Moderator
  • *
  • Posts: 990
  • Location: Manhattan, KS
Re: Dense dough - any tips to make it light and fluffy?
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2014, 04:42:27 PM »
Also, be sure to let us know how you are shaping the dough into pizza skins. Do you hand stretch it or do you use a rolling pin to open the dough. When it comes to trouble shooting a pizza problem there is no such thing as TMI.
Tom Lehmann/The Dough Doctor

Offline aspencer

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 3
  • Location: San Diego
  • I Love Pizza!
Re: Dense dough - any tips to make it light and fluffy?
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2014, 05:53:06 PM »
Thanks for your quick responses

1/2 tbsp tsp honey or sugar
1 packet of Dry active yeast
3/4 cup water
1 tbsp of EVOO
1 1/2 cup king Arthur flour
1/2 tsp salt

1. proof the yeast with the honey and water- let sit until foamy - 15 min
2. combine flour, and salt in Kitchen Aid stand up mixer
3. Add oil to the yeast mixture and add the wet mix to the dry mix
4. Use the mixer to beat the dough at medium speed for 5 min or so
5. place the dough in a greased bowl covered with plastic wrap and let sit until it doubles in size
6. grease the pizza stone with oil and corn meal
7. spread out the dough on the stone - I don't use a rolling pin just push it out with my hands and let it sit for another 5-10 min. to rise again
8. cover with sauce, toppings and cheese and bake 500 until golden brown.



Offline JD

  • Supporting Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1238
  • Location: NE Mississippi, but NY born & raised
Re: Dense dough - any tips to make it light and fluffy?
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2014, 08:16:27 PM »
Thanks for your quick responses

1/2 tbsp tsp honey or sugar
1 packet of Dry active yeast
3/4 cup water
1 tbsp of EVOO
1 1/2 cup king Arthur flour
1/2 tsp salt

1. proof the yeast with the honey and water- let sit until foamy - 15 min
2. combine flour, and salt in Kitchen Aid stand up mixer
3. Add oil to the yeast mixture and add the wet mix to the dry mix
4. Use the mixer to beat the dough at medium speed for 5 min or so
5. place the dough in a greased bowl covered with plastic wrap and let sit until it doubles in size
6. grease the pizza stone with oil and corn meal
7. spread out the dough on the stone - I don't use a rolling pin just push it out with my hands and let it sit for another 5-10 min. to rise again
8. cover with sauce, toppings and cheese and bake 500 until golden brown.


While there are a lot of minor issues, there appears to be one major issue. Your stone should be preheated in the oven for an hour, you should not build your pizza on a cold stone and put it in the oven. Change this one thing and it will be night and day, then you can fine tune your dough.
Josh

Offline TomN

  • Supporting Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1511
  • Age: 55
  • Location: Seattle, WA
Re: Dense dough - any tips to make it light and fluffy?
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2014, 08:16:31 PM »
aspencer,

Have you ever considered using a pizza screen? Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and then bake your pizza for 15 mins. Check on the pizza after 12 mins as different ovens can vary.

TomN

http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=17415.msg171614#msg171614
« Last Edit: March 24, 2014, 08:19:57 PM by TomN »


 

pizzapan