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Basic Vera Pizza Napoletana Dough Recipe
500gr Molino Caputo Tipo 00 flour
325 gr water (65% hydration)
10 gr salt
3 gr dry active yeast
4 cups Molino Caputo Tipo 00 flour
1 1⁄2 cups, plus 2-3 Tbs water
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry active yeast
We highly recommend cooking by weight. It is fast, and easy to get the exact hydration (water to flour ratio) and dough
ball size you want. Personally, I do not use recipes or a mixing cup when I cook dinner for the family, but pizza and
bread dough are different. Being exact counts, and nothing works better than a digital scale.
Mix the dough in a stand mixer, by hand or in a bread machine. If you are using a stand mixer, mix it slowly for two
minutes, until you have made a ball. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes, to allow the flour to absorb the water. Then,
mix at a middle speed (3 or 4 on a KitchenAid) for 5 minutes, and slow for 2 minutes.
Shape the dough into a ball, place it in a slightly oiled bowl, cover it with a towel, and let it rise for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, or
until double. Punch it down and push out the air bubbles. Form the dough into a large ball, then cut it into 4-5 equal
To make your pizza balls, shape each piece of dough into a ball. Gently shape your dough into a ball, then stretch the
top of the ball down and around the rest of the ball, until the outer layer wraps around the other side. Pinch the two
ends together to make a smooth ball with a tight outer "skin." Set your ball seam-side down where it can rest. Dust
your pizza balls with flour, and store them under a damp towel, in a proofing tray, or under plastic wrap. This will
prevent the outside of the ball from drying out and creating a crust, and becoming difficult to work with. The top of the
pizza ball should be soft and silky.
Your pizza balls will need to rest for about an hour to become soft and elastic, so that they can be easily stretched into
a thin crust pizza.
If you don’t need your pizza balls for a few hours, you should refrigerate them, and bring them back out of the
refrigerator an hour or so before you want to use them.
Try making your pizza balls the day before you need them. Overnight refrigeration helps the dough develop more
flavor, and a fully developed dough browns better in your oven.
Using Caputo Tipo 00 Pizzeria Flour. Copyright 2011. v1.1
I make pizza on the grill too. Here's what I use. It is in a couple of parts because I use a modified ciabatta at 70% hydration. This was for the gas grill, but it is also the one I use for my egg. The dough is a bit wetter than perhaps one would want, but I find it easy to work. This is not for tipo 00 flour, though. I used KAF bread flour in this version.
It does cook very fast indeed. So beware. Nice combination of slighly charred and lightly browned....