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Pizza Dough: Zio’s VERA Pizza Napoletana

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Zio’s VERA Pizza Napoletana Dough
channeled by James Belardo

This recipe is directly influenced by the ‘official’ recipe authorized by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. We follow the procedure as closely as possible but have added a couple of small ingredients, a bit of sugar and olive oil.

Once you’ve got your dough up to snuff, you’re gonna need some Pizza Sauce and ideas for toppings.

Ingredients
by weight (preferred)
500 g Tipo 00 Flour
325 g water (65% hydration) (22C/72F)
10 g sea salt
4 g active dry yeast
our additions —————-
10 g granulated sugar – optional

30 g olive oil – optional

by Volume
4 cups Tipo 00 Flour
1 ½ cups, plus 2 tbsp water (22C/72F)
3 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dry active yeast
our additions —————-
3 tsp granulated sugar  – optional

*1/4 cup olive oil – optional

Directions

1. Mix the yeast and sugar with warm water in bowl. Mix well and set aside, covered, until it foams (approx. 5-10 minutes).
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2. Place 3 cups of flour along with the salt in a large bowl, toss well with a fork. Pour the yeast mixture and olive oil into the well mixed flour. Mix together while adding the last cup of flour.
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3. Transfer to lightly floured surface and knead, adding additional flour as needed
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4. Grease a large bowl with olive oil  smearing the dough ball as well. Place the ball into the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to let rise for 2 hours. The dough should ‘double in bulk’ when the time has passed.
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5. After this first stage of rising, remove from bowl, knead once again, and then separate into 2, 3, or 4* smaller balls.
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5. Following the same procedure, place dough balls into individual bowls and let rise again for 4-6 hours.
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6. Start makin’ the pizza!
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Neapolitan-Style Pizza (thin crust)
If you have divided the original dough ball into 2 equal pieces (Step 5), you would be on your way to making the official sized VERA Napoleta pizza. Rolling out each pizza (by hand) into a 12-inch circle. Lay the dough on the pan and press the excess dough up on the sides to form ‘the crust.’

New York Sicilian-Style Pizza (thick crust)

The dough ball would not have been divided (Step 5). Roll the dough into a large rectangular piece that would fit the pan you are using (maybe a 10 by 15 inch baking pan). Using olive oil, grease the bottom and sides of the pan and place preped dough in pan.

Baking

Our best suggestion for baking would be to use a wood burning oven or a Kamado set up with a deflector and pizza stone. Bring the temperature to a minimum of 700F. If using a conventional oven, you would not be able to achieve such high temperatures. There are ways that you can trick your oven. One such method is to preheat your oven to 500F with the pizza stone in place… turn on the top broiler and let the stone get searing hot. Lower the temperature back to 500F and place pizza on hot stone.

To bake New York Sicilian-Style pizza (in a conventional oven) you don’t need a pizza stone. Preheat the oven to 500F, place pan into oven and cook for approximately 15-25 minutes.

Enjoy

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November 30, 2015 at 6:16 PM

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