Recently, Leigha took a week-long camping trip to the Boundary Waters with some of her extended family, leaving Tater and me alone in our new house. I decided that this meant it was the time to take on a kitchen experiment I had been wanting to do for a while: How do you make the best pizza?
While I’ve made plenty of pizzas with different styles and recipes, I had recently come across J Kenji Lopez-Alt’s recipe for cold fermented pizza dough. The secret to this dough was time: by letting it rise and develop over a matter of days, you get more complex flavors and a more traditional texture without any special ingredients or equipment. The promise of crispy, chewy, blistered dough in a regular home oven was tantalizing to me, but the question remained: How long should I leave it in the fridge? Kenji dealt with the same question in his own blog post and came to the conclusion of three to five days, but said that different fridges and climates might lead to different results. So with an empty house and nothing but time, I decided to whip up a batch of dough for my own experiment.
Over my next few posts I’ll be sharing the results of my experiment and some of my favorite recipes that I made using the dough. But first things first, we have to make the dough. Thankfully, it couldn’t be simpler.
Cold Fermented Pizza Dough
4 cups Bread Flour
1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
1 packet Active Dry Yeast
2 tsp Sugar
12 oz Water
- Combine flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in bowl of stand mixer and whisk to combine.
- Attach dough hook and add water. Knead on low speed for 1-2 minutes until dough comes together and no dry flour remains. If dry flour is not being absorbed, add 1-2 more oz water.
- Allow dough to rest 10 minutes.
- Knead on low speed for 10 minutes. Dough should barely stick to bottom of bowl. If dough is too sticky, add flour 1 tablespoon at a time until dough no longer sticks.
- Cover bowl with plastic and stick into fridge for ??? days (you didn’t think I’d spoil the ending here, did you?)
Be sure to tune in next week for the results!