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Pizza Dough Question

XLentEGGXLentEGG Posts: 432
edited 1:03AM in EggHead Forum
I just got a stone and peel for my B-Day!!
Can I freeze the pizza dough after the mix but before the rise? Will it still rise and bake after it has been frozen? This dough will be made from scratch.
More meat please !! :-)

Comments

  • BobSBobS Posts: 2,485
    Yes, you can freeze it.

    It would probably be best to freeze it on a piece of plastic and then put it in a vac seal bag, if you have one.
  • fasteddiemfasteddiem Posts: 212
    As a pizzeria owner and avid home pizza cook I can assure you that you can freeze dough. Let it rise then "punch" it down before freezing. Cut it into even piece (I usually weight out using a scale) and wrap in plastic wrap. Then take immediately to the freezer. This will halt yeast growth. When you thaw, place at room temperature for a few hours and it will come back to life. A note about the pizza stone...make sure to let heat up for at least 30 minutes if you want to get a nice crisp crust. If you are looking for a good pizza dough recipe I recommend Jamie Oliver's pizza dough recipe...Just google it! Hope this helps!!

    Regards,
  • Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,967
    I can tell you a couple of things.

    Pizza dough is SO much easier to handle and stretch out after it's been frozen.

    And please, don't literally "punch" the dough down...that forces the air out if it! Handle it gently and it will reward you.
    Judy in San Diego
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Absolutely! Give it a full 24 hours to thaw, then allow a few extra hours for the rise. Wrap super tight in balls for the freezer, then open the bag in the fridge (keeping the dough from air, though).
  • fasteddiemfasteddiem Posts: 212
    Judy,

    Please explain why you wouldn't punch down the dough...When you allow for the initial rise in yeast it more than doubles in size. If you were to cut into smaller balls without punching you would essentially be doing the same thing. By "punching" it down you create a uniform dough that is easier to handle. It will gain some additional breath on the second rise post-freeze...just my thoughts...
  • XLentEGGXLentEGG Posts: 432
    THANK YOU !! For all of the great input!! I will now go foward with the next chapter in the Great Egg Experience!! PIZZA!! :woohoo:
    More meat please !! :-)
  • Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,967
    Fast Eddie:

    You can expel the extra air with gentle handling just as well as with a left jab.
    Judy in San Diego
  • greendeangreendean Posts: 50
    thanks for the recipe suggestion. I am always looking. Mine seems to have too much air in it and stretches to much making it hard to handle and actually get to the stone.
  • fasteddiemfasteddiem Posts: 212
    stretch it out on a floured surface...Remember that corn meal is your friend...We call it "taco-ing" the pizza! :laugh:
  • uglydoguglydog Posts: 256
    I have successfully frozen home made dough, then let it thaw and do a second rise. If the dough doesn't seem to want to stretch correctly, let it rest for 5 minutes and return to stretching it again. I have tried several different things with home made pizza dough, and have yet to feel the need to throw the pizza out and call Domino's! Eggsperiment with it and enjoy the results.

    Uglydog
  • Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,967
    I just remembered something that's a real help. Instead of flour or cornmeal under the stretched-out dough round or on the peel...use semolina. I can't explain why, but it works just like ball bearings and the dough slides beautifully.

    I discovered it by accident when I had the semolina out, probably used a dough recipe that called for some, so I sprinkled that on the peel and put the dough round on it. Fantastic!
    Judy in San Diego
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