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Help me improve my pizza dough

budric | Mar 25, 2007 05:47 PM

Hi,
I tried making pizza for the first time. It was pretty good but there are a few things I'd want to improve. I basically followed a "Joy of Cooking" book recipe where you proof the yeast, then combine 3 cups flour, olive oil, salt and knead until it's translucent when stretched out, then let it rise for an hour or so, cut it, rest 15 min, shape and bake.

I baked at 500 deg for about 14 min (I didn't want it to burn and didn't want the raw taste). The crust was too dense and I would have liked to see more air bubbles. Also there was a slight raw taste to the dough although it came apart and looked done on the inside. Where did I go wrong?

Note, I kneeded by hand for about 20-25 minutes. I don't have a mixer.

Thanks.

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