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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #150 on: March 12, 2014, 03:48:05 PM »
I baked it at 550 and I think it took about 12 minutes.

I would watch it very closely. The crust starts to crisp up really quick.


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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #151 on: March 13, 2014, 08:56:52 AM »
I baked it at 550 and I think it took about 12 minutes.

I would watch it very closely. The crust starts to crisp up really quick.
thank you.
I had a chance meeting last evening with a  former employee of one of the Normal Garcias. Although it has been many years since they have been in town and since he worked there he did try to recollect some techniques and info.
Cornmeal is an ingredient in their dough. The sauce was made off grounds and brought in from somewhere so he wasn't sure about the sauce.
The gutbuster style pan pizza was rolled with a sheeter and then pressed into the pan. The panned dough then sat in the pan for many hours until used. Which gave it a long rise time. It would rise at or above room temp in the kitchen which would get hot do to the ovens. These pizzas went on a conveyor to cook.
I'm gonna try the long rise in my gas oven.
He said the deep dish they used aluminum tent stakes that were bent somehow and that helped cook the deepdish all the way through. I'll get more detail next week on that.
He also said the meats were precooked before going on the pie.
Again it had been many years since he worked there. And this was just one of the locations.
I'll post some pics this evening of my results.

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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #152 on: March 13, 2014, 09:24:45 AM »
I'm gonna drop the oven temp to 425 and see if that helps to not overcook the crust. Will be a longer bake but it may help.

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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #153 on: March 13, 2014, 12:05:53 PM »
thank you.
I had a chance meeting last evening with a  former employee of one of the Normal Garcias. Although it has been many years since they have been in town and since he worked there he did try to recollect some techniques and info.
Cornmeal is an ingredient in their dough. The sauce was made off grounds and brought in from somewhere so he wasn't sure about the sauce.
The gutbuster style pan pizza was rolled with a sheeter and then pressed into the pan. The panned dough then sat in the pan for many hours until used. Which gave it a long rise time. It would rise at or above room temp in the kitchen which would get hot do to the ovens. These pizzas went on a conveyor to cook.
I'm gonna try the long rise in my gas oven.
He said the deep dish they used aluminum tent stakes that were bent somehow and that helped cook the deepdish all the way through. I'll get more detail next week on that.
He also said the meats were precooked before going on the pie.
Again it had been many years since he worked there. And this was just one of the locations.
I'll post some pics this evening of my results.

Thanks man! A lot of this is is already in posts earlier in the thread but it's great to hear the same things from more people so we know we're on the right path.

The cornmeal is new though, I made this dough recipe from BigR's post #76 in this thread. Since I had no idea what was in the slurry mix packet, I just went with sugar, salt and yeast to simplify things until we got closer. I just made best guesses on the amounts of those ingredients. If you run into this person again, ask them how they know or why they suspect that corn meal was used in the dough.

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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #154 on: March 13, 2014, 06:26:49 PM »
I liked your dough recipe!! I'm way off on the sauce but I used your dough and very close taste to garcias.  Long bake. About 18 minutes at 425.

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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #155 on: March 13, 2014, 06:50:33 PM »
Looking at the last one you made yours looks much more like garcias. Mine rose in the oven for 8 hours which must have given me such an airy texture. The taste was good but yours looks much closer to garcias.

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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #156 on: March 13, 2014, 08:00:02 PM »
He said the deep dish they used aluminum tent stakes that were bent somehow and that helped cook the deepdish all the way through. I'll get more detail next week on that.
dogboy,

In the past, some pizza operators used a heat sink to ensure complete baking of the middle of the deep-dish pizzas. An example of such a heat sink can be seen at http://www.twinsupply.com/pizzasupplies/proddetail.asp?prod=HS121212. As you can see, they ain't exactly cheap.

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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #157 on: March 13, 2014, 08:52:41 PM »
Looking at the last one you made yours looks much more like garcias. Mine rose in the oven for 8 hours which must have given me such an airy texture. The taste was good but yours looks much closer to garcias.

Yeah, mine was a lot more dense. It had some air but nothing like that.

Next time make my sauce, I think it's pretty close to Garcia's. It works well on thin crust too.

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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #158 on: March 13, 2014, 09:23:50 PM »
dogboy,

In the past, some pizza operators used a heat sink to ensure complete baking of the middle of the deep-dish pizzas. An example of such a heat sink can be seen at http://www.twinsupply.com/pizzasupplies/proddetail.asp?prod=HS121212. As you can see, they ain't exactly cheap.

Peter
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That is a high dollar piece of equipment!! Now I see why they used tent stakes.


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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #159 on: March 13, 2014, 09:28:37 PM »
Yeah, mine was a lot more dense. It had some air but nothing like that.

Next time make my sauce, I think it's pretty close to Garcia's. It works well on thin crust too.
I checked out your sauce and I use basically the same thing but no Mccormick Italian seasoning. I think I pureed the tomatoes to much. I remember garcias had chunks.
Thin crust is on the menu and a skin in the fridge now. I'm trying to get a Grady's crust. Grady's is a thicker cracker crust. Mmm mm gradys.
Also got a Chicago style using the same cracker crust dough which cooks nicely at 40% hydration. Gonna turn that one into a stuffed crust pizza.

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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #160 on: March 13, 2014, 09:33:17 PM »
I checked out your sauce and I use basically the same thing but no Mccormick Italian seasoning. I think I pureed the tomatoes to much. I remember garcias had chunks.
Thin crust is on the menu and a skin in the fridge now. I'm trying to get a Grady's crust. Grady's is a thicker cracker crust. Mmm mm gradys.
Also got a Chicago style using the same cracker crust dough which cooks nicely at 40% hydration. Gonna turn that one into a stuffed crust pizza.

I still think yours turned out well. We have to figure out the baking thing on our own because every oven cooks differently.

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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #161 on: March 13, 2014, 09:42:52 PM »
Yes I agree. I was surprised it took almost 20 minutes to cook. My deepdish takes 35 to 38 minutes.
Got me a Blackstone coming in 10 days gonna be pizza drunk!!

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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #162 on: March 13, 2014, 11:22:21 PM »
Yes I agree. I was surprised it took almost 20 minutes to cook. My deepdish takes 35 to 38 minutes.
Got me a Blackstone coming in 10 days gonna be pizza drunk!!
Woo hoo baby!!  :chef:

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Re: Garcia's Pizza
« Reply #163 on: February 27, 2015, 09:43:28 PM »
thank you.
I had a chance meeting last evening with a  former employee of one of the Normal Garcias. Although it has been many years since they have been in town and since he worked there he did try to recollect some techniques and info.
Cornmeal is an ingredient in their dough. The sauce was made off grounds and brought in from somewhere so he wasn't sure about the sauce.
The gutbuster style pan pizza was rolled with a sheeter and then pressed into the pan. The panned dough then sat in the pan for many hours until used. Which gave it a long rise time. It would rise at or above room temp in the kitchen which would get hot do to the ovens. These pizzas went on a conveyor to cook.
I'm gonna try the long rise in my gas oven.
He said the deep dish they used aluminum tent stakes that were bent somehow and that helped cook the deepdish all the way through. I'll get more detail next week on that.
He also said the meats were precooked before going on the pie.
Again it had been many years since he worked there. And this was just one of the locations.
I'll post some pics this evening of my results.

Any further information that might be extrapolated (via water-boarding, etc) would be nice. :)


 

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