🔕 🔔

My Basket ()

All questions

How to you make pizza dough so it puffs up? My wife makes the Artisanal Bread in 5 Picoseconds a Month, but it comes out a little flat. I w

Puffy Pizza Dough

asked by Marcmarc over 1 year ago
11 answers 1929 views
B0e51b35 a002 4fdd adc2 f06fa947184e  baci1

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added over 1 year ago

How hot was the oven? A screaming hot oven (~500F) can really make a difference in rise. It often provides 'oven spring' to bread.

695013bb 6175 44d4 9967 d3fa0ab27033  stringio
added over 1 year ago

I'm not familiar with the recipe you mention, but pizza dough is just bread. In order to puff, as with rustic style breads, you want a moist dough with a loose structure; it should be kneaded little or not at all, be as moist as can reasonably be handled. Also, medium gluten flour works better than high gluten bread flour for this. A dough rolled flat should produce a reasonable rim as long as the edge is kept clear. A hand stretched dough will be naturally thicker toward the edge; if you want a larger rim on a rolled crust, you can bunch up the edge a bit or even roll it over a bit; yeast doughs will heal very fast. It will puff more in a very hot oven.

A1102b32 3986 4d62 8080 d8c370e5706c  fb avatar
added over 1 year ago

If you can, get a pizza steel to augment the hot oven. Double check your yeast's expiration date. And cheat--I add about a third more yeast than called for before I cold ferment the dough.

092efd1a f34b 461d 89b1 f3e76e0ce940  dsc 0028
added over 1 year ago

Marcmarc, in case you aren't aware of it, the pizza steel Maryann refers to is also called the Baking Steel. I love mine! Check out their website at baking steel.com. There may be other manufacturers, but this was the original. I got mine from King Arthur, made by Baking Steel.

9fe0c12c e20f 4669 bb88 2c31ee17d5e2  french river
added over 1 year ago

I use Smitten Kitchen's lazy pizza dough, recipe on her site. It is very easy to throw together and rises beautifully and blistery in the oven!

Let's Keep in Touch!

Get the recipes and features that have us talking, plus first dibs on events and limited-batch products.

(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)

Please enter a valid email address.