Pizza Raquel (Peter Taylor)

Note: You will need a Commercial Deck Oven for proper baking of this dough.

  Bakers' % in grams in ounces Recommended
Flour 100% 612 g 21.6 oz High-Gluten Flour
Water 60% 367 g 12.9 oz Water
Yeast or Starter 0.0625% 0.382 g 0.013 oz Instant Dry Yeast
Salt 2.00% 12.23 g 0.43 oz Sea Salt
Oil/Lards/Shortening 0.00% 0.0 g 0.0 oz -No Oils Needed
Sugar 0.00% 0.000 g 0.0 oz -No Sugar Needed
Other 8.00% 48.92 g 1.7 oz Natural Leavening
Totals   1040 g 36.68 oz  


* The above ingredients will yeild 4 doughballs of 260 grams each.

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Instructions from the forum thread:

This recipe recommends use of "Varasano Preferment", a natural leavening described here.

Preparation Steps
1 - Stir water and salt with spoon/whisk until dissolved in stand mixer bowl.
2 - Add approximately half the flour first, then the yeast. Fit stand mixer with hook attachment.
3 - Mix 30 seconds on stir to incorporate yeast.
4 - Add Varasano preferment.
5 - Mix 1 minute on stir to incorporate preferment.
6 - 20 minute autolyse. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP (or you will die painfully).
7 - Mix on stir speed for 5 minutes, adding in remaining flour gradually over the 5 minute mix.
8 - Mix on 2/3 for 5 minutes.
9 - Check dough temperature with digital thermometer; it should be 80 degrees at the hook.
10 15 minute autolyse. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP (or you will die really painfully and slowly).
11 Remove dough from bowl and hand knead for 2 minutes on lightly floured prep area.
12 Cut into 2 equal pieces, form into balls, place dough into bowls, cover with shower caps.
13 Place dough in the refrigerator. Ferment for 24+ hours.
14 On the following day(s), remove dough from refrigerator and bring to room temperature. Note: Do not punch down, reform balls, or do anything to the dough other than let it warm to room temperature.

Stretching Steps
1 - Place dough ball in flour bowl. Dust both sides well. Dust prep area with flour.
2 - Flatten ball into a thick pancake-like shape with palm of hand, ~ 2" thick. Keep well dusted.
3 - Press fingertips into center and working toward the rim until skin is 10 inches round. Keep well dusted.
4 - Place hands palm down inside rim and stretch outward while turning. Stretch to 12" round.
5 - Place skin over knuckles (1st time dough is lifted off bench) and stretch to 16"+/-
6 - Pat excess flour off skin. Place on floured peel and dress with favorite toppings.
7 - Peel dressed skin into preheated oven (1 hr+ at max temp) outfitted with tiles.
8 - Bake until lightly or heavily charred (more flavor).

For more information on this dough, photos and insight, CLICK HERE to view the forum thread.