Monday, November 12, 2012

Italian Brick Oven Bread and Pizza from Scratch

One of the joys of making your own pizza and bread is the ability to share your creations with the rest of the world.

And one of the joys of publishing a Pizza Blog, is to showcase the gems you find with your readers.

Lucy is a master bread maker who deserves to be featured.

The following videos give a total step by step process for anyone interested in making bread. Lots of bread.

While most recipes are created for the home pizza chef, the following recipe is for someone interested in creating multiple loaves of bread. The bread recipe can be easily modified to make pizza as well.

Here is the bread recipe:

  • 20 pounds of white unbleached flour
  • 5 pounds of whole wheat flour
  • 48 Cups of lukewarm water
  • 4 Tablespoons of dry active yeast
  • 1/3 Cup of salt
Watch the video to learn how to mix the yeast, water salt and flour. All of this is done in a commercial mixer.

Watch as the all of the flour is mixed and placed in a container.

Put the mixture in a large greased container. Watch as Lucy covers the dough with a blanket and allows it to rest for 2 hours. Then Lucy will gently mix the dough.

Note the consistency of the dough. It is very wet and Lucy does a great job of mixing it all together.

Also note that Lucy prepares each bread basket with a cloth.

Next watch as Lucy takes the entire mass of dough and spreads it on a large surface. 

The dough is ready to be made into individual dough balls. Each dough ball is cut into approximately 3 pound portions. The dough is gently folded to form a loaf. These dough balls are placed in a basket and allowed to rest.

The dough is allowed to rest for 30 minutes.

Next the wood oven is prepared by removing the ashes and embers. The surface of the oven is cleaned with a wet cloth.

Then you can watch the pizza magic happen! Lucy cooks her pizza in a pizza pan.

Next you can watch as the bread is cooked for 2 hours.

Simply beautiful!

Thanks Lucy!

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