August 2, 2004

Pizza Attempt #2

POST #    1196

Last night, I made another attempt at some home made pizza. Let's just say that it turned out much better than my first attempt at pizza. Again, I bought dough from the local pizza place, but for some reason, it was cheaper this time. Using tips from the helpful readers of this site, I easily got the dough into a nice round shape and heated the oven up so it was really hot. I had some smoked mozzarella in the fridge, so I tried that on 1/4 of the pie (mental note, it's not that good).

Cook time for the pizza was much shorter at about 7-8 minutes and I think I can cut that down even more. There was no stick-age despite the fact that I didn't use cornmeal - I just don't like the stuff since it reminds me of Domino's. The only real problem I had was that my pie was simply too big. It was too big for the pizza peel and too big for the pizza stone.

It's possible that I spread it too thin also, since the crust was almost as thin as Patsy's (East Harlem). Unlike Patsy's though, the crust under the cheese was quite crispy. The end crust was a bit wide though, which leads me to believe that I can make the crust a little thicker next time.

There was noticeable progress though, which is a very good thing.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 10:31 AM

 

 

Tien that is a beautiful pie. Maybe these adjustments will help. Pie sauce is thinner than say the consistency of sauce from a jar. If it's thinner by 2/3, it will coat the whole pie. Don't be weirded out that it is thin (it shouldn't be transparent or anything). Also, a judicious application of olive on top before putting it in the oven will help cook the top ingredients. I put a bar pourer on my olive oil so I can control the flow.

Posted by: la depressionada at August 2, 2004 10:49 AM

When are you having a pizza party?

Posted by: corie at August 2, 2004 11:23 AM

YAY - it makes me so happy that you are using the cookbook! Mmmmmm now you need to bring me some of that yumminess. I think Corie is on to something. You know, you could bring a pie to my party on Friday....

Posted by: Christiona at August 2, 2004 11:55 AM

That looks good! Would you like some homemade sauce for your pizza? Now that it's tomato season I'll soon be making lots of sauce.

Posted by: joe s at August 2, 2004 12:50 PM

where can i get me some of that lovin...

Posted by: shannan at August 2, 2004 12:53 PM

Nice job!!

Posted by: Laren at August 2, 2004 12:55 PM

yes, i need to control my flow better. i was pouring the oil into a spoon before putting it on the pizza.

hmm...pizza party...i think i would have some issues getting pizza ready for a lot of people, but it might be something to try soon.

and joe, home made sauce? i guess that would be better than the stuff i'm using. i have yet to try to make my own sauce since i'm trying to figure out the pizza first.

Posted by: tien at August 2, 2004 1:44 PM

I once read that the oil acts as a barrier between the sauce and dough, so I've always spread a tablespoon or two on the dough before putting the sauce on.

Posted by: joe s at August 2, 2004 2:20 PM

sigh. now i want pizza. bad. really bad. damn you tien.

Posted by: christina at August 2, 2004 2:33 PM

i know. every time i look at this post i get hungry.

Posted by: corie at August 2, 2004 3:38 PM

I wanna know when Little Tien's Pizza is opening in NY.

Posted by: Joe at August 2, 2004 4:38 PM

Olive oil on top: Yes. Watch Dom DeMarco make a pie sometime. He pours that shit on like a pro (which I guess he is)

And, yeah: You don't need to use cornmeal. If the stone's hot enough, it'll cook quick so the pie won't stick. As long as there's enough flour on the peel so the dough slides off it easily. The trick is to sort of jiggle the peel around every now and then while you're building the pie on top of it, to make sure it'll still slide.

Looks like a huge improvement.

Posted by: Adam at August 2, 2004 5:01 PM

Awesome! Looks beautiful! And round!

Posted by: astrid at August 2, 2004 6:54 PM

Chairman, the QW! and America need your help. We've got to stop hungry people from not being able to have delicious homemade pizza. If elected, we promise to make you the "Secretary of Pizza" and you will have a million dollar salary. Would you take the job?

Remember, Tien, only you can help us get America back in the right lane. Vote QW! in '04! Vote for the QW! Ev, Maine, J, Barnd ticket. You can't go wrong with 4 presidents who speed pr0n.

Posted by: Evan at August 2, 2004 10:58 PM

secretary of pizza? i'd take that job. not sure if i'm the most qualified person, but i'll take it.

Posted by: tien at August 3, 2004 8:49 AM

wow, looks amazing

Posted by: Chris at August 3, 2004 12:31 PM

Nice effort. Shame no wood fired oven at chez tien mao -or is there?

Posted by: pieman at August 5, 2004 12:42 AM

sadly, there is no wood fired oven. or coal for that matter.

Posted by: tien at August 5, 2004 9:26 AM

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