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Pizza dough can be tricky, let's face it. Rolling it out with a rolling pin can produce an acceptable albeit flat pizza, and if you over work the dough it will simply stretch back like a rubber band (not to mention be tough to eat). 

Luckily I have the inside scoop on how to stretch the dough out for a pizza.




 
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Step 1: Prep Work

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First things first, get some dough. The easiest way is to stop by the closest local pizza place and buy their dough. You can make your own but then you're on your own for I have no idea how.

NOTE: Make sure to get the freshest dough possible. Ask nicely, flirt with the cashier, do what you have to but fresh dough makes all the difference.

After you get the dough, cover your work area in flour. This keeps the dough from sticking to anything. Then pick up the dough and flour the top and the bottom. Set the dough on the counter and then spin it in a circle with your hands on the sides. Try to get the flour on the sides of the ball and gently form it into a more perfect circle.

The easy part's done, now the hard part...

Step 2: Stretching the Dough

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To press out the dough, start by gently flattening the dough ball, trying to maintain a circular shape. Then put your dominant hand about 1/2 inch away from the edge of the dough. 

With one smooth motion, push down into the dough, slightly spread your fingers apart, and rotate the dough by rotating your wrist. 

Repeat every inch or so until you create a lip all the way around the pizza.

NOTE: Try to keep in contact with the dough. Taking your hand away from the dough will make the middle lumpy which can cause problems later.
bombmaker24 years ago
You should mention to slap it down before baking or this can happen
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To avoid bubbles you want to dock the dough before topping, just use a fork and tap it all around the dough, then sauce and top. If you still get bubbles while baking deflate them with a fork/knife/tooth pick/ice pick. If you pull your pizza out and find you missed a bubble, grab your pizza cutter, flatten the bubble out, and pull the toppings and cheese inward to cover the blemished area, the cheese will still be gooey and as it cools down should set and cover that bubble explosion nicely.
My kids LOVE the bubbles! I wonder if the air could be tamed into tons of 1" intentional bubbles all over the whole thing... think of the possibilities! A syringe of molten cheese/pizza sauce lava for a circular field of tiny volcanoesque calzones...
Great 'ible, by the way!

I like bubbles too. It is more like the pizza in Naples which was full of bubbles that over browned.

You could just use a syringe with air in it. Use a tiny tiny amount though, because it expands drastically. The pic above was not any noticable air underneath and look what happened. BTW I too love bubbles.
lol, okay that's the best reason to keep the bubbles. =D
I use my nails. You still want to do this if you like bubbles, just do it less. It will avoid having a huge mound like in the picture. I still get bubbles when I poke around.
Strombergundy (author)  bombmaker24 years ago
I have been thinking about why this might happen and I think that step four, throwing the dough might help keep it from happening.
I see how that might, similar to what you do when working with clay. But one of my favorite local pizzerias slaps the dough to pop any air pockets and that seems to help a lot because there is almost never any bubbles.
I forgot the explain that docking is to make small holes in the dough. Oops!
lol thats awesome with the pepperoni the way it is on the mound, it looks like someone peeking up from the pizza
Lol that it does. The bubble was the best part to eat. It was like ultra ultra thin pizza
lol I bet it was
Yup.
jackzylkin4 years ago
One thing you should mention: never work with refrigerated dough -- its too elastic and brittle. Let the dough sit at least 30 minutes at room temperature, so the yeast can fire up and the dough gets nice and gushy.
Strombergundy (author)  jackzylkin4 years ago
Pressing out the dough with this method works fine with refrigerated dough. We've never had problems with cold dough but have had difficulties with room temperature dough. The most important thing though is that the dough is made fresh the same day you use it. Thanks!
Well actually with a couplE of my pizza dough recipes the dough needs to proof for 24 hours

"Needs" 24 hours to proof? That doesn't make sense. Wouldn't the yeast would run out of food and even if it lasted that long you would get some off flavors? Some doughs are refrigerated to retard the yeast and allow the baker flexibility and fre-fermentation can take days but if you are counting starters, biga and poolish then you are just nitpicking. After the proofing- your dough is fresh.

SpagoPizza3 years ago
Don't wrap it in plastic , it will alter the ingredients and will change the taste of the pizza. You have to let the dough breathe
How long will the dough last? Could I make a batch enough for 2 or more pizzas?
I guess it can be frozen,huh? I mean thats like cookie dough or oven bake biscuits
Wow! That was one weird looking pizza! I didn't know that working the dough was such a process, i thought all I'd have to do is press it down into a circle and start with the toppings. I guess I would have had volcanoes and holes all over the place!! LOL

FYI: Di Giorno Pizza is the best frozen pizza you will ever find. Even tho its price has gone up to $7 and change, that's still half the price of delivery. It only takes about 25 minutes, which is just enough time to go to the bathroom,then wash your hands and set your table for dinner! Salad and a beer makes it perfect!! It comes with self-rising crust or thin crust.
Hey,I hope someone from DiGiorno is on this site and will ship me a free one for advertising for them! :)
A average price of a Pizza stone large one?
I bought an 18" round one at Grocery Outlet on sale for $9.99, with a metal carrying rack. But I dont know the price of a better, more professional one
Mine was about $10 too, at Big Lots (a discount store)
thepelton4 years ago
Remember the movie "Spaceballs"? It's Pizza the Hut!
hahaha I forgot all about that part! Now I have to go watch Spaceballs again...