Thanksgiving Pizza

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The Pizza Dough

2/3 cup warm water
1/4 cup sourdough starter
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of semolina flour
1-1/4 cups of bread flour

The Pizza Toppings
Mayonnaise, pesto sauce, parmesan cheese,  italian seasoning, turkey pepperoni, grated cheddar and parmesan cheese

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Clam Pizza

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The Pizza Dough

3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of semolina flour
1-1/2 cups of bread flour

The Pizza Toppings
Sliced parmesan cheese, tomato sauce, can of baby clams (drained), grated cheddar cheese, grated parmesan cheese.

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Sourdough Bread

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I haven’t made sourdough in over a year, had to remake my starter cause it didn’t last having neglected it for so long.

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Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza

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The Pizza Dough

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tb yeast
2 Tb honey
1 tsp salt
3-1/2 cups of bread flour

The Pizza Toppings
Spaghetti sauce, turkey pepperoni, grated cheddar, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and coarse kosher salt.

The cooking method
Mix the dough as you typically would, after letting the dough rise, split in two. In a wide pan, boil water 2-3 inches deep with 1/3 cup of baking soda. I used my 12″ cast iron skillet, which after using you will have to re-season. preheat your oven to 420 degrees. Roll out the dough to a size that will fit in your pan of boiling water, place the dough in the water for 30-40 seconds, then sprinkle the kosher salt around the edge of the crust and place in the oven for about 10 minutes to par bake the crust. Then add your toppings and place back into the oven for about another 10 minutes to heat up the toppings.

I decided to try this after watching all of the Little Caesars commercials about their pizza, I found this recipe at lecremedelacrumb.com
I kept the toppings simple so that the flavor of the crust would really come through, and this crust is really really good!! Since the size of the dough recipe is enough for 2 pizzas I decided to try 2 different methods for baking the pizza.

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With this first pizza I par baked the crust right on the clay tiles, and also cooked the toppings on the clay tiles. This made for a really crisp crust on the outside and a nice chewy inside crust. however transferring the wet crust to the tiles to par bake and also getting the par baked crust off of the tiles was a real pain.

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With this second pizza, I par baked and also baked the toppings with the crust on a sheet pan. The top of the crust is great but the underside is not as crisp as the first pizza. After making these two pizzas I think that next time I will par bake on the sheet pan then bake the toppings directly on the tiles. This should give me the easiest and best results.

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My White Pizza

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The Pizza Dough
3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of semolina flour
1-1/2 cups of bread flour

The Pizza Toppings
Cottage Cheese, sour cream, canned Parmesan cheese, chopped garlic, diced white onion, italian seasoning, Gorgonzola cheese, grated Parmesan cheese

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Multi grain blue cheese pepperoni pesto pizza

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The Pizza Dough
3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of semolina flour
1/8 cup of oatmeal
1/8 cup of ground flax meal
1-1/4 cups of bread flour

The Pizza Toppings
Cottage cheese, sour cream, pesto sauce, turkey pepperoni, fresh mozzarella cheese, crumbled blue cheese, grated parmesan cheese.

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Grilled pesto blue cheese bacon pizza with a glass of Pinot Grigio

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The Pizza Dough
3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of semolina flour
1/4 cup of whole wheat flour

1-1/4 cups of bread flour

The Pizza Toppings
To make the pizza first fry the bacon and save the bacon grease. When grilling the pizza crust, brush both sides with the bacon grease. Then top with pesto sauce, grated cheddar and parmesan cheese and fresh mozzarella, then melt the cheese on the grill. After the cheese is melted top pizza with crumbled bacon, chopped red onion and crumbled blue cheese.

 

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Pesto blue cheese olive pizza with a glass of port

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The Pizza Dough
3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of semolina flour
1/4 cup of rye flour

1-1/4 cups of bread flour

The Pizza Toppings
Cream cheese, pesto sauce, crumbled blue cheese, grated parmesan cheese and sliced calamta olives.

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Dark Pumpernickel

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This makes 2 loaves:
3 cups coffee cooled to about 110 degrees
3 Tb olive oil
4 Tb molasses
3 cups rye flour
3 cups bread flour
2 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup wheat gluten
1/2 cup dry milk powder
2 Tb caraway seeds
4 Tb cocoa powder
3 tsp salt
4 tsp dry yeast
Bake at 375 for 45 min

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A new pizza oven

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Well the reuben pizza last weekend did in the pizza stone that I’ve used for the last decade, but I see this as a time to try a better approach to making pizzas, so for about $10 worth of 6×6 unglazed quarry tiles from Menards, what I now have is an even better pizza oven.

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