This week our host, Sam, chats with renowned baker Peter Reinhart and learns how a couple of small chemistry tweaks can transform a terrible pizza into an amazing one:

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We show you how two simple changes can turn cardboard-y pizza into award winning pie (okay, award-winning might be a slight exaggeration, but we awarded ourselves a win, so deal with it).

Here’s our simple recipe for making stellar pizza at home:

  • Mix 1 package (0.25 oz) of dry yeast into 1 cup of warm water
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add 2.5 cups of bread flour and 1 tsp of salt.
  • Mix. Knead the dough for a few minutes.
  • Dust your hands with flour and form your pizza dough into a round ball.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Let the dough sit, covered, in the fridge overnight.
  • THIS IS KEY! Remove the dough from the fridge, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, then using your hands or a rolling pin spread out the dough.
  • Set your oven as high as it can go (for many ovens that’s 550 degrees F)
  • Add sauce and toppings
  • Put your pizza in the oven until the crust starts to brown (should be around 9 minutes, maybe a little longer if you like it crispy!)
  • Let cool and enjoy!

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