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Neapolitan Pizza Dough

The entire process will take about 24 hours with a couple of hours of flexibility, so plan ahead and start by preparing the Poolish.

Using a large bowl mix the 1gr of dry yeast with 100gr of lukewarm water, see it its fully dissolved before adding the 100gr of 00 flour. Stir it gently but well, seal it with cling film and place it in a warm place for 4 to 5 hours or until it has almost doubled in volume. To check if it is ready, get a tiny amount of it and drop it in a glass of water, if it floats it is show time. If not, leave it a while longer.

To the Poolish, add 170gr of lukewarm water, 25gr olive oil, 5gr salt and stir it all well. Your hands will work best here. Add now 300 gr of 00 flour, mixing just enough so there is no lump of dry flour - do not knead it at this moment. Seal it with cling film again and let it rest for 30 minutes.

After this time the dough should be much better to work with, pulling the bottom portion of the dough upwards, stretching it and folding it over itself, rotate the dough as you pulling all its surface once you have folded all "sides" this is one fold. Perform one folding every 30 minutes until a total of 4 folds. Note the dough does not leave its bowl, seal it again but this time place it on a much cooler place, 5 to 7 C fridge. Leave it there overnight - 8 to 9 hours.

It should by now be completed inflated, carefully deflate it by initiating a folding process, seal it again and give it 30 min at room temperature (20C) before you give it its final folding.

It is now time to portion it into 5 dough balls, here it is important to give it structure by tensioning the dough. You can do that by folding it onto itself. Let the dough balls rest in the fridge until it is time to bake or freeze them now for best results. They will hold well for up to 8 hours. Remember to bring them to room temperature before baking, take them out of the fridge 1 hr prior to pizza o'clock.

1gr dry yeast
100gr lukewarm water (26C)
100gr 00 flour

350gr 00 flour
170gr lukewarm water (26C)
25gr Olive Oil
5gr Salt

Yield: 750 gr of dough, enough for 5 discs of 150g each.