Napoletana Pizza Dough
This is a great Pizza Dough from Peter Reinhart, American Pie
This is a true Naples dough using only the 4 basic ingredients to make a lean dough. Traditionally, Italian 00 (double zero) flour is used and Caputo is the more well known brand. Two American brands are made by King Arthur Flour and by Central Milling. This type of flour has been fully sifted to leave only the pure endosperm of the grain which makes for a softer wheat flour to bake with.
5 cups 00 flour or all purpose (22.5oz/638g)
1 ¾ tsp salt (0.43oz/12.5g)
1 tsp instant yeast (0.11oz/3g)
1 ¾ cup + 2 TBSP cool water - 65F (15oz/425g)
1. Place all ingredients in mixer bowl using paddle attachment and mix for 1 minute on 1st speed. Let dough rest (autolyse) for 5 minutes. Switch to dough hook and mix on 2nd speed for 2 minutes
2. Remove dough and place on slightly oiled work surface and knead by hand 1 minute. Dough should feel tacky but not sticky and should be supple. Add water or flour for any final adjustments if needed. Cover dough and let rest 30 minutes
3. Divide dough into desired size pieces and pre-shape into balls. Place dough balls onto a lightly oiled pan or doughbox, mist with cooking spray, and cover with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator to ferment overnight.
If making pizza the same day, allow the dough to chill at least 6-8 hours, then allow the dough to rest 2 hours before shaping. After the resting, preshape into tight dough balls and rest covered for 30 minutes before stretching into pizzas.
The dough balls will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. For freezing, place each dough ball in its own zip lock freezer bag that has been misted with cooking spray. They will keep in freezer for 3 months. Move them to the refrigerator the day before the bake to slowly thaw.
On bake day, remove from the refrigerator and rest 2 hours before shaping. Preshape into tight dough balls and rest 30 minutes covered before stretching into pizzas.
Here is a video by Vito Iacopelli for "How to stretch a pizza Neapolitan style" to get a simple way to stretch the dough without throwing or using a rolling pin.
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