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72-Hour Pizza Dough

homemade pizzas

Wayne’s homemade pizzas are a new Friday tradition.

From Baking with Steel

Ingredients: 

7½ cups bread flour
4 teaspoons fine sea salt
½ teaspoon active dry yeast
3¼ cups water

Recipe directions: 

In a large bowl, whisk together the bread flour, salt and yeast. Slowly add the water, and mix with a wooden spoon just to combine. Once the mixture is moistened, lightly flour a countertop or large cutting board and remove the dough from the bowl with lightly oiled or wet hands (to discourage sticking). Knead for 2 to 3 minutes to remove clumps. The dough won't become elastic but should easily form a loose ball.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp, clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out and developing a skin. Place it on the counter and let sit 24 hours at room temperature. It will double in size, and you may see bubbles forming on the surface.

Lightly flour a large cutting board or your kitchen countertop, and place the dough on it. Wet or lightly oil your hands again. Divide the dough into seven equal portions and make dough balls. Place the dough balls into oiled cylindrical airtight containers (deli takeaway containers are ideal), date the containers, and place them in the fridge for 48 to 96 hours.

Remove from the refrigerator at least 1 hour before use to allow the dough to come to room temperature; this lets the gluten relax and makes the dough malleable.

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