Author Topic: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation  (Read 118613 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline pythonic

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2723
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Crest Hill, IL
  • Pizza......its what's for dinner!
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #825 on: November 04, 2013, 06:24:34 PM »
Some questions came to me overnight (because I ALWAYS think about pizza, even when I'm not conscious).

With this style of pizza, is it characteristic for the rim to remain thin and upright during and after baking (sorta like a PH thin, but with more like a right angle than a cutter pan angle)? That is, compared to Nate's awesome-looking pizza at Reply #812: http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,6112.msg285827.html#msg285827, which has a rim that is thin and upright before baking but becomes more round during baking, like a Papa John's or Domino's-shaped rim.

Also, this place still exists as a pizzeria, right (as opposed to just offering packaged pizzas at grocery stores)? If so, I may have to take a little Chicago trip very soon and add this to my list of destinations that serve pizzas I've never had, which so far only includes Giordano's but could easily grow considerably, since the only Chicago style pizza I've ever had is Malnati's (once) and Uno (from chain stores in Columbus and Vegas) many times.

Also, is this kind of pizza baked directly on stone? I assume it is, since Nate appears to have baked directly on stone.

Ryan,

The outer rim is supposed to be thicker and denser than a Pizza Hut thin crust.

Home Run Inn is a franchise and there are locations in the Chicagoland area.

Not exactly sure on the baking method.  It may be cutter pan on a stone.

To get an idea of what it's supposed to taste like give the frozen home run inn signature style a shot.  It's different than any pizza out there.

Nate
« Last Edit: November 04, 2013, 06:27:17 PM by pythonic »
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.


Offline Garvey

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 650
  • I wish could have pizza every day.
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #826 on: November 04, 2013, 08:26:50 PM »
That thing is a beaut!  I can't tell for certain, but did it have the layers and such?  How was the taste?


Offline pythonic

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2723
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Crest Hill, IL
  • Pizza......its what's for dinner!
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #827 on: November 04, 2013, 10:26:38 PM »
That thing is a beaut!  I can't tell for certain, but did it have the layers and such?  How was the taste?

Yes and just enough layers.  Tastes awesome.  The shortening by itself is overwhelming and it needed some corn oil to balance it out.

Nate
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.

Offline Garvey

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 650
  • I wish could have pizza every day.
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #828 on: November 05, 2013, 10:53:45 AM »
Sooo...827 posts from inception, the title of this thread is finally true?

 :D



Offline pythonic

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2723
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Crest Hill, IL
  • Pizza......its what's for dinner!
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #829 on: November 05, 2013, 12:17:29 PM »
Sooo...827 posts from inception, the title of this thread is finally true?

 :D

99% there lol.  I want to play with the hydration just a little more.
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.

Offline Pete-zza

  • Lifetime Member
  • Global Moderator
  • *
  • Posts: 23607
  • Location: Texas
  • Always learning
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #830 on: November 05, 2013, 03:44:13 PM »
Also, this place still exists as a pizzeria, right (as opposed to just offering packaged pizzas at grocery stores)? If so, I may have to take a little Chicago trip very soon and add this to my list of destinations that serve pizzas I've never had, which so far only includes Giordano's but could easily grow considerably, since the only Chicago style pizza I've ever had is Malnati's (once) and Uno (from chain stores in Columbus and Vegas) many times.

Also, is this kind of pizza baked directly on stone? I assume it is, since Nate appears to have baked directly on stone.
Ryan,

Home Run Inn (HRI) is a family owned company, with nine locations. I do not ever recall reading that any of their locations are franchised.

As for how the pizzas are baked in their stores, the original location, going back to the 1940s, used a deck oven. But, with the passage of time, HRI went to conveyor ovens. They also use hot dough presses, both in their stores and in their frozen pizza manufacturing facilities. HRI has consistently said that they use the same recipes to make their frozen pizzas as they use in their stores. I have never had a real HRI pizza from one of their stores, so I relied only on the ingredients statements and Nutrition Facts for their frozen pizzas. I also dissected a few of their frozen pizzas and took a variety of measurements.  On that basis, I can safely say that HRI uses no shortening in their dough, only corn oil. There is also no sugar. See, for example, http://www.homeruninnpizza.com/frozen-pizza/classic/item/classic-cheese. There are also 0 Trans Fats. Most shortenings are hydrogenated in whole or in part and for the most part they have some Trans Fats. Corn oil has no Trans fats.

Of course, in a home setting, anything goes, and if the results are satisfactory, then that is fine even if not technically a clone.

Peter

Offline Aimless Ryan

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2415
  • Location: Grove City (Columbus), Ohio
    • Snarky
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #831 on: November 05, 2013, 04:12:50 PM »
Thanks, Peter and Nate. Judging by some pics I've seen, I had considered that maybe they use dough presses (I think), so it's cool to get some good feedback. The concept of 'dough press' rarely even enters my mind (because I tend to equate dough presses with bowling alley snack bars), but I can see how a dough press may be appropriate in this instance.
Ryan
http://www.ryanspizzablog.blogspot.com

Disclaimer: Don't necessarily believe anything I say here. My brain ain't quite right anymore (unless it is). If I come off as rude or argumentative, that's probably not my intention. Rather, that's just me being honest, to myself and everyone else; partly because I don't have enough time left to BS either you or myself. If you are offended by anything I say, it's probably because you think lying to people (to be "polite") is a good idea. I don't.

Offline norma427

  • Lifetime Member
  • Global Moderator
  • *
  • Posts: 24406
  • Location: Lancaster County, Pa.
  • Always working and looking for new information!
    • learningknowledgetomakepizza
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #832 on: January 30, 2014, 09:48:01 PM »
I saw these photos on HRI facebook page.  The first photo said: "Here's a shot of our original kitchen on 31st street. Quite cozy don't you think?"  Does anyone know if they are pizza pans, or disks under the butcher block table?  I enlarged that photo as large as I could make it and still can not make out what is under the table.

Some of the other photos show the HRI cheese is grated fairly large. 

I still would like to be able to make a flaky crust like some of the photos show.  On the one photo of the slice the crust does not look that flaky to me.

Norma

Offline pythonic

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2723
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Crest Hill, IL
  • Pizza......its what's for dinner!
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #833 on: May 13, 2014, 01:05:23 PM »
We'll this masterpiece looked good until it fell on the ground upside down.  One of my biggest fails :(
Sorry but no pics of the disaster, was too upset.  Haha

Nate
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.


Offline mrmojo1

  • Lifetime Member
  • *
  • Posts: 404
  • pizza sans frontières
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #834 on: May 13, 2014, 10:53:34 PM »
looks awesome Nate!!  just beautiful!!  if you did it once you can do it again!!  I think your crust even has some of those bubbles/blisters on the outer rim like in the pics that were posted above!! nice!!
"My Doctor says I swallow a lot of aggression.  Along with a lot of pizzas!!"

Offline Chicago Bob

  • Lifetime Member
  • *
  • Posts: 12515
  • Location: Durham,NC
  • Easy peazzy
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #835 on: May 14, 2014, 12:28:24 AM »
That pizza looks gorgeous .  :chef:
I hope you didn't throw it away!  :-\

CB
"Care Free Highway...let me slip away on you"

Offline pythonic

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2723
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Crest Hill, IL
  • Pizza......its what's for dinner!
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #836 on: May 14, 2014, 03:33:06 PM »
Thanks guys.  Of course I still ate it.  Luckily I just swept the floors the night before.

Nate
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.

Offline hockman4357

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 59
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #837 on: May 15, 2014, 07:54:49 AM »
So, Nate.  On that last pizza did you put the pepperoni and mushrooms on top of the cheese?  It looks like it and the pizza looks amazing!  What sauce are you using?  Will this dough slide off of a wood peel sprinkled with cornmeal?  I may make your dough tonight and cook the pizza tomorrow night on my 1/2" steel.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2014, 07:58:33 AM by hockman4357 »

Offline pythonic

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2723
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Crest Hill, IL
  • Pizza......its what's for dinner!
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #838 on: May 15, 2014, 12:58:34 PM »
So, Nate.  On that last pizza did you put the pepperoni and mushrooms on top of the cheese?  It looks like it and the pizza looks amazing!  What sauce are you using?  Will this dough slide off of a wood peel sprinkled with cornmeal?  I may make your dough tonight and cook the pizza tomorrow night on my 1/2" steel.

I used just 7-11 crushed tomatoes for the sauce.  I put the ingredients on top of cheese.  I usually use parchment paper to get it onto the stone.  It's a rather heavy dough.

Nate
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.

Offline hockman4357

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 59
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #839 on: May 15, 2014, 06:04:17 PM »
Nate, what would I input on the Expanded Pizza Dough Calculator for thickness factor?  I'm not sure what 1/4" equates to for purposes of this calculation.  I'm thinking maybe around 0.13 which is typical for Chicago Deep-Dish and Sicilian style.  Thanks!
« Last Edit: May 15, 2014, 06:22:27 PM by hockman4357 »

Offline pythonic

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2723
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Crest Hill, IL
  • Pizza......its what's for dinner!
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #840 on: May 16, 2014, 02:21:47 PM »
Nate, what would I input on the Expanded Pizza Dough Calculator for thickness factor?  I'm not sure what 1/4" equates to for purposes of this calculation.  I'm thinking maybe around 0.13 which is typical for Chicago Deep-Dish and Sicilian style.  Thanks!

Don't know what the thickness factor should be.  This was 250g of flour though and it came out to around 13 inches.   Hope that helps.
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.

Offline hockman4357

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 59
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #841 on: May 17, 2014, 05:31:57 PM »
Last night's pizza using Nate's recipe and cooked on 1/2" steel.  Really tasty but very rich!


Offline Chicago Bob

  • Lifetime Member
  • *
  • Posts: 12515
  • Location: Durham,NC
  • Easy peazzy
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #842 on: May 17, 2014, 05:40:08 PM »
Is this your first HRI pizza......they are know for being exrtemely rich.
Nate has done a fine job on this style and your pie looks killer man....good job!

CB
"Care Free Highway...let me slip away on you"

Offline hockman4357

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 59
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #843 on: May 17, 2014, 06:07:38 PM »
Is this your first HRI pizza......they are know for being exrtemely rich.
Nate has done a fine job on this style and your pie looks killer man....good job!
CB
This was indeed my first HRI pizza.  Thanks for the compliment Chicago Bob!

Offline pythonic

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2723
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Crest Hill, IL
  • Pizza......its what's for dinner!
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #844 on: May 18, 2014, 01:23:57 PM »
Looks really good for your first attempt.  Were you able to achieve some flakiness?

Nate
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.

Offline hockman4357

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 59
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #845 on: May 20, 2014, 05:50:48 PM »
[quote author=pythonic link=topic=6112.msg316441#msg316441 date=1400

I'm not exactly sure what flakiness looks like, but I believe that I achieved some.  What specifically promotes flakiness?  This was a really good pizza!
[/quote]

Offline pythonic

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2723
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Crest Hill, IL
  • Pizza......its what's for dinner!
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #846 on: May 20, 2014, 08:40:41 PM »
[quote author=pythonic link=topic=6112.msg316441#msg316441 date=1400

I'm not exactly sure what flakiness looks like, but I believe that I achieved some.  What specifically promotes flakiness?  This was a really good pizza!

The shortening and oil.
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.

Offline pizzard

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 39
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #847 on: May 22, 2014, 12:44:34 PM »
The shortening and oil.

Yes...I'm pretty sure it is called shortening, because it shortens the gluten strands making the dough more flaky.

Offline pythonic

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2723
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Crest Hill, IL
  • Pizza......its what's for dinner!
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #848 on: October 23, 2014, 11:40:33 AM »
40% water
20% fat (40% shortening, 60% corn oil)
« Last Edit: October 23, 2014, 12:06:12 PM by pythonic »
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.

Offline pythonic

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 2723
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Crest Hill, IL
  • Pizza......its what's for dinner!
Re: Home Run Inn Success and Final Formulation
« Reply #849 on: October 23, 2014, 11:49:57 AM »
Cooled and time to dig in.
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.


 

pizzapan