I received this amazing email last night and it’s my duty as an American to make it public. Sorry about the censorship, but I have to protect my source.
Notice the misplaced keystrokes and incorrect punctuation. This person was obviously in a hurry to share the truth. Who could possibly be on a Godfathers pizza box circa 2002??? If anybody has a 2002 Godfathers pizza box, please share it with the world. We may not yet be ready for the “explosive” political nature of this pizza box, but it is our right to know.
Ready for the drama? I made a batch of dough last week and gave it the usual 3-day rise, but just a few hours before the baking session began I realized too many people were coming over and I needed (kneaded?) more dough. Not a huge deal, I learned a great recipe for 1-hour dough from Mark Bello at Pizza a Casa, but I wanted to kick up the flavor a bit to better match the depth I was planning on getting from my 3-day batch. Sounds like a potential tragedy, but it was actually the perfect opportunity for me to attempt something crazy.
Regular batch, using Bob’s Red Mill flour and a 3 day rise.
Allow me to explain. A dough develops more flavor with longer fermentation because of bacterial replication. Therefore, dough baked after only a short fermentation will not have as much flavor because of lower bacterial content… unless you add some yourself! I figured I could take a shortcut and add something that derives its flavor from a bacterial culture: yogurt.
Here’s the formula I used: 600g Bob’s Red Mill flour 384g water (100 degrees F) 15g instant dry yeast 25g salt 26g Chobani plain Greek yogurt
Mixed all dry, added wet, mixed and autolyse (just lettin’ it chillax) for 30 minutes. Kneaded for 5 minutes, rested for 5 minutes, kneaded until tight enough to bounce back from a poke. Then split and balled, packed in lightly oiled plastic pint containers for quick room temp rise.
Here’s the result….
Thinly sliced raw potato and red onion with fresh mozzarella.
Caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms atop a bed of mozzarella and scamorza.
Crust flavor wasn’t as tangy and bright as I had hoped for, maybe I need to add more yogurt. But the pies I made with the short dough did bake up nicely. They were more dense and crunchy than those made with the 3-day rise, but certainly tasty enough to eat. One friend suggested I add a small squeeze of citrus to the yogurt for some extra zing. I’ll try that next time I’m in a bind and need more dough last minute.
My standard formula worked out well, I’m pretty happy with it as a go-to recipe when I know I have the luxury of a 3-day rise.
Fresh mozzarella, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes with grated piave cheese.
Here’s the skinny: 600g All Purpose flour 379g warm water 100g Ischia starter 20g salt 1.5g instant dry yeast
Mixed all dry, added wet, mixed and autolyse for 45 minutes. Kneaded for 5, rested for 5, kneaded until tight enough to bounce back from a poke. Then split and balled, packed in lightly oiled plastic pint containers for 3-day cold rise.
Now back to the drama. Some of my pals had to leave early so I ended up with leftover dough after all. No problem, we baked some bread the next morning! All we did was pull it out of the fridge, let it rise on a well-floured peel (covered with a dish towel) and viola!
Last week was my birthday, and as we learned from last year’s posts my friends and family have no trouble shopping for gifts. You would think that each passing year presents a greater challenge, but my nearest and dearest are apparently the most creative and Internet-savvy folks on the planet. Check out this year’s crop of amazing pizza-related birthday presents.
PIZZA SERVING PLATES
Okay, these things are no joke. They are the kind of plate your pizza arrives on at a classy Neapolitan pizzeria. Just think of how exciting it will be for my pizza party guests to reveal the fun artwork with every slice they remove from their dish. But who’s that creepy guy on there? That’s Pulcinella, the comedic figure often associated with Naples. You’ll see him all over the walls of Neapolitan pizzerias. Punch in Minneapolis is named after him!
But wait, there’s more. This incredible gift, given to me by The Godfather and UR, was wrapped in the most incredible handmade paper imaginable. If I had any class I would frame it and mount it on the wall. I love the sparse application of cheese on these lovely sponged pizzas.
ROCKIN’ CHEESE GRATER
I enjoy making pizza but there’s always something missing from the process — until now! Not only is this a sweet Flying V shape, but it also has three grating sizes and a slicing section. Brilliant! My pal Robyn really knows what I’m into. Not to mention, you can really shred on this thing!
PIZZA EQUATION T-SHIRT
I was about to put the kabash on new pizza t-shirts until this beauty entered my life. My pal and fellow NYC tour guide Andrea (Lower East Side History Project) scored this one from Think Geek, the source for all things amazing. It reminds you how to find the volume of a pizza, so please buy this for your favorite math teacher. Best part is the shirt is red so pizza sauce stains really blend in.
HAND-PRINTED TINY PIZZERIA MODEL KIT
This is a hand-printed limited-edition uniquely-numbered mini pizzeria laser-cut into a single sheet of glorious birch. The piece was designed by artist Jesse LeDoux and printed by Head Light Hotel. According to the sign on the side of the “building,” Famous Lou’s opened in 1925, making it one of the oldest pizzerias in the United States! It’s also one of the cutest. Find out how to purchase your own franchise of my little pizzeria via Tiny Showcase.
PIZZA THEMED CELL PHONE COVER
I don’t know why, but I feel slightly ashamed of this one. Obviously I have never tried to hide how deeply this pizza obsession has penetrated my existence, but the phone cover seems a bit too far. Still, it’s a pretty awesome case and I like the fact that you can’t see the pizza when I’m holding the phone. It makes for a fun reveal. It’s also pretty cool that I never have to look very hard when I can’t locate my phone!
AMAZING PIZZA CARDS
How can you open any present without checking out the card? The one on the left is especially funny because it’s a hologram. Holograms usually show some kind of movement or changes as you move the card, but this one does absolutely nothing. Isn’t that amazing!
Thanks so everyone who gave me these wonderful birthday presents. The bar has been upped once again.