I’m looking to achieve those tiny blisters on the bottom of my thin crust but doing so with cold ferment only.
I have been able to achieve blistering by using a 24hr RT (70 degrees) followed by a 24hr CF (36 degrees) but not with a 48 hour CF alone. I absolutely love the blistering and the style is a Chicago thin, low hydration, sheeted and docked dough.
AP flour – Ceresota, 43% Water, .3 IDY, 3% oil, 1% sugar,1.75% Salt. Off mixer at 78 degrees, balled, cross stacked, 45 min cool at 36 degrees then nested for 48 hours. After 48, dough warms to 55-60 degrees, is sheeted thin, then metal pinned docked. Dough is then placed on pizza rounds with semolina to prevent sticking, and stacked then put back into the fridge. To make the pizza, dough is removed cold (36 degrees) dressed and baked at 475 on stone (deck oven)
Process CF VS RT: RT created blistering CF did not:
For CF the process above is followed but what I did this time was take 4 lbs of dough, oiled all around and put that into a container for 24 hours which sat at 70 degrees. I then balled and placed into the fridge for another 24 for CF. I then had a combination of balls that were all CF and some a combination RT and CF.
The combo ball RT/CF blistered 100% of the time, the CF did not. The RT/CF dough was so much better tasting I was surprised and since it was blistered had this great initial crunch…there was a big difference between the dough, RT/CF was better than CF alone.
The RT/CF ball had more fermentation and suspect this is why I have blistering (plus the cold to cook process above). Is there a starting point I can use to get close to the yeast increase percentage I would need for the CF dough to blister when used after 48 hours. I might be missing something of course but it seems to me if I increase my yeast percentage by “X” I would be able to achieve the same fermentation rate of the RT/CF ball with just CF. Or, is it possible the oil put on the RT dough in the container is responsibile for the blistering?
Any help or ideas would be great and appreciated!!