Awhile ago my good pal Tim (aka, SushiPowered) sent me a recipe for a thin crust pizza. I’m fairly sure it came from a cookbook from the Cheeseboard Pizza Collective. I really slacked on the, er, implementation of said pizza so last night I was determined to git-r-done.
I had two pizzas in mind that I wanted to try:
- Buffalo Chicken Pizza: two chicken breasts or a bunch of boneless thighs in a crockpot with Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce for 6-8 hours. Shred it, put it on the pizza crust, then lay slices of provolone on top and bake.
- Jack Moneypenny’s Famous Olive Oil & Black Pepper Pizza: Just cover the crust with olive oil, lay provolone slices over it, and crack some fresh black pepper on top of the cheese. A long time family favorite.
The picture here is of the final product, Buffalo-style version.
My reaction to the new crust: I think I did something wrong somewhere. It was incredibly tough for me to get the dough into a bakeable form– I tried rolling and I tried stretching but whenever it got anywhere close to thin enough for my tastes it ripped. I don’t believe it was a recipe thing; I guess I just need to make it a few more times to try and get it right. It was also suggested that I also get myself a pizza stone if I’m going to make thin crust pizzas.
Once out of the oven, the buffalo chicken pizza was really good! The crust ended up fairly lumpy but the flavor was great. The olive oil pizza…. yikes. I only ate one piece and was not impressed. I thought about it for awhile and I think I know why it didn’t taste good. The Moneypenny Family pizza recipe uses a fair amount of sugar, which helps the dough rise bigger as well as provides a subtle sweetness to the crust. The Cheeseboard crust, on the other hand, is very simple and without sugar or a double rise step which makes sense when you’re shooting for thin crust pizza. My guess is that without that subtle sweetness, the olive oil & black pepper flavors simply do not work.
I think I need to experiment a little more with this recipe: first to make it truly thin, and then to experiment with different ways of making it.
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