Brush up on the basics you need to know about the essential living organism that makes your dough grow deliciously: yeast.
Q: I’ve heard you recommend that the yeast not be put into the water with the salt and sugar. Why is this? A: Both salt and sugar can exert a great osmotic pressure (they impede the ability of the yeast to absorb nutrients through the yeast cell wall/membrane). This effect can impair … More
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of PMQ Pizza Magazine. We republish it today because it’s still chockful of good advice. By Steve Green, PMQ Publisher A former tobacconist and brewer turned dough wholesaler and pizzaiolo, William “Billy” Manzo Jr. knows his way around human … More
Does local water influence the taste of the finished crust? Not as long as the water is potable and doesn’t have any “off” flavors. If your local water is bad, a simple fix is to install a suitable water filter designed to address the issue at hand. Q: I’ve heard so many stories … More
Once your ingredients are well-incorporated into the dough, you can stop mixing right then and there. The key is to mix your dough until it develops a smooth-looking skin, which will make it easier to handle during the scaling and balling process. Related: How to calculate bakers percentage in dough … More