A Real New York Style Pizza Dough Recipe
New York style pizza dough is pretty recognizable. It has a puffy outer crust and a very thin, foldable center. The outside of the crust may be cooked to a dark brown. Generally, this kind of pizza uses no pans when cooked in the pizzeria. The pizza is put together on a peel, and then cooked right on the oven deck.
That is why, to simulate the deck of a commercial oven, you should use unglazed quarry tiles or a pizza stone. You will be able to cook without using a pan and create a crisp on the outside, bready on the inside crust that’s reminiscent of the best pizza places in New York. Place your tiles or stones on the lowest oven rack for the best results.
To make a typical New York pizza crust you will need high-gluten flour, water, yeast, oil, and salt. These ingredients need to be combined, kneaded, and then chilled overnight. You then need to get your oven as hot as it will go, and while you are waiting you can stretch out the dough, add your toppings and get it ready to bake.
The oven will be ready by then, so add the pizza and get ready for an incredible flavor experience. The finished pizza will be immediately recognizable as New York pizza, so if you have fond memories of eating this lovely comfort food in New York you now know exactly how to recreate your own version of this lovely dish, and the whole family will really enjoy it.
- 3 ½ cups high gluten flour
- 9 ounces warm water
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- Mix all ingredients except oil together until scrappy dough is formed. Add oil and mix until the dough incorporates it. Knead for fifteen minutes, or until the dough can be stretched into a translucent pane. Place dough in a large oiled bowl, and tightly cover with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for twenty-four hours.
- To make pizza, remove dough from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.
- Preheat the oven with pizza stone inside to 550 degrees F an hour before making pizza, or to the highest setting the oven will allow.
- Turn dough out onto a floured surface and press into a flat disc. Leave a raised edge along the outside. Stretch dough into a larger circle.
- Dust a pizza peel with cornmeal and place the pizza crust onto it. Top the dough quickly so it will not stick to the peel, then transfer to the oven.
- Bake until the crust is dark brown and the cheese has melted. Remove from oven and cool five minutes, then transfer to a pan for serving and slice.
- (Makes 1 large pizza)
New York pizza is instantly recognizable, boasting wide, thin slices with a golden brown, slightly puffy edge. Tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese usually feature on this type of pizza, along with other ingredients such as chicken, ham, pepperoni, onion, bell pepper, and oregano. Parmesan, oregano, garlic, and red chili flakes are often added to New York pizza before serving. The above recipe shows you how to get that distinctive pizza crust, and then you are free to choose your own sauce and toppings to finish the pizza off to perfection.
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