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Daring Bakers: Pizza

By Brown Eyed Baker

Otherwise known as The Great Pizza Tossing Debacle.

Okay so it wasn’t necessarily a debacle, I mean the pizza WAS edible, but things certainly didn’t go as smoothly as I had planned. I made the pizza on a Tuesday night with the plan to let it rest overnight in the fridge (per the recipe) and make it on Wednesday. Well, along came the migraine from hell that kept coming back off and on for a couple of days and needless to say I wasn’t interested in doing much of anything in the way of making food. So I ended up letting the dough sit in the fridge until Friday and although the recipe states that the dough can stay in there for up to 3 days, I have to think that perhaps it caused the dough to get too soft. The result was a less than stellar attempt at tossing.

This month’s challenge was hosted by Rosa’s Yummy Yums. She was slated to co-host with Sher of What Did You Eat? but as many in the food blogging community are aware, Sher passed away suddenly over the summer. As a tribute to Sher, Rosa kept the recipe that Sher had wanted to use for the challenge - Neopolitan Pizza by Peter Reinhart.

Aside from the literal flop of my pizza dough tossing experience, I would give this recipe an “okay”. I’d really like to try it again and shape the dough after only one night in the refrigerator. It definitely had a very light and airy texture - more of what I would expect from a traditional Italian pizza that you might find on the sidewalks of Venice. If you’re looking for more of an “American” pizza recipe, definitely check out this one - it’s the best I’ve made to date - it has a crispy exterior and soft and chewy interior. For the Peter Reinhart recipe for this challenge, please visit Rosa’s blog.

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