Hi! I've been reading the forum for a few weeks and really enjoy it, but here is my first post.
I looked at Jeff Varasano's website and looked at Tom Lehmann's videos on PizzaTV.
The pizzas looked good, but unfortunately didn't taste at all like I expected. They didn't taste bad at all, just not New York at all. Now I know some things were different, but I also know that people on this forum are able to make NY style pizza at home.
So here is the recipe I used (calculated with the Lehmann calculator on the front page):
Flour 100% 19.94oz
Water 60.0% 11.97oz
IDY 0.5% 0.1oz
Salt 1.9% 0.38oz
Oil 2.0% 0.4oz
Sugar 1.0% 0.2oz
The flour I used was all purpose flour. However, it is the highest protein percentage I was able to find. 13.33%. So that is pretty close to high-gluten. I don't know what temperature the dough was when I finished kneading (don't have a thermometer)... but I used room temperature water.
I kneaded it by hand (don't have a mixer yet) for about 10 minutes and it looked really good. I put it in the fridge with no cover for an hour and then put the cover on and let it overnight. Today I took it out about an hour before making the pizza. I then cooked it in my oven at 550 (max) on a pizza stone, the lowest I could in the oven.
I made 4 pizzas. The first cooked about 7-8 minutes and that was way too much. The dough wasn't soft at all, it was very crunchy. The next two I cooked 5 minutes and it was better, but still too crunchy. The next I cooked 4 minutes and it seems better, but I didn't eat it yet (will tomorrow). What could I have done wrong? What should I do different to make the dough softer and more NY-like? Like Grimaldi's?
Also, I didn't really like the sauce I made. I took a can of San Marzano tomatoes, rinsed them and then crushed them with a "boat motor". Added a bit of spices. Didn't like the sauce. Also, I found some fresh mozzarella cheese, but it had no taste at all uncooked... Is this normal?
Anyway, next time I'll do things differently like different sauce and different cheese.
Anyway, here are the pics: