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Joe squared Pizza in Baltimore, MD - anyone have a copycat recipe to share?

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belle

Joe squared Pizza in Baltimore, MD - anyone have a copycat recipe to share?

Hi all...

I just watched a great pizza segment on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives on the Food Network.   The pizza featured was from Joes Squared Pizza in Baltimore, MD.    Here is the website:

http://joesquared.com/

It looks like the BEST pizza I have ever seen...does anyone know about this pizzeria (voted best in Baltimore)?  Better yet, can anyone share a copycat recipe for it?  
Thanks so much!

Belle 

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cranbo

Did you check pizzamaking.com? Probably a better source than here for that. 

belle's picture
belle

I will check out pizzamaking.com and thanks for the suggestion!

Best,
Belle

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cranbo

I found this video on the Joe Squared web site:

http://vimeo.com/44662050

Start watching at around 6:25 for a demo of their pizza making. 

Here's a summary:

  • Build a high hydration sourdough starter (looks like over 100%, probably around 150-170%)
  • Let rise overnight (anywhere from 8-24 hours)
  • To the starter, add equal parts flour + water to create a sponge.
    • they use Caputo 00 flour
    • this sponge is probably close to 100% hydration, I'm guessing slightly higher due to the very liquid-looking starter, maybe 110%
  • Let sponge rise for 2 to 2.5 hrs. Should look quite bubbly; if it doesn't, you probably need to let it rise longer.
  • To the sponge, then add final flour, water, and salt to make a fairly dry final dough (maybe 60% hydration? or possibly less). Once rough mixed, add what looks like vegetable oil, and finish mixing until you have a cohesive dough. 
  • Let the kneaded final dough rise for another 2 hours or so. Can't tell, but maybe they refrigerate it then. Based on the visible dough texture (7:45), looks pretty dry and sort of crumbly.  
  • They roll the crust out using a sheeter, so at home, you'd roll it out thin (maybe 1/8-1/4") using a rolling pin, then cut to square shape. 
  • Bake really hot (at least 900F on the deck) in a coal-fired oven for about 1 minute. This will be pretty hard to approximate at home. Caputo 00 flour doesn't brown nearly as well at home-oven max temps (550F), you really need a really hot wood-fired or coal-fired oven to get the same browning. At home you should try baking on a pizza stone, sheet steel or a cast iron griddle or skillet. 

 Looks like theoretically this should get you close, but who knows, it's TV, so they could've left out other steps. Good luck!

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belle

Thanks so much Cranbo for helping uncover a copycat recipe...I will definitely watch the video and hope to muster up the courage to try the recipe...

You are the best..

Belle..

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cranbo

My pleasure, just nerding out on formulas today.

I've posted a more detailed recipe concept, if you can, try it out and let me know how it goes.

 

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belle

What a talent!  I am going to do my best to try this out and if I have success will let you know...I am somewhat of a novice and the % stuff is something that I have to learn more about...Hey - if this works, you could make a fortune if you open up 'Cranbo's Cubed pizza' ...seems like 'Joe's squared' is the ONLY one in the USA...

Thanks again!

Belle

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rromeo923

That looks amazing!  I live in Maryland so i will be checking this place out.