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I have never baked a bread product...please help.

davidlouis333's picture
davidlouis333

I have never baked a bread product...please help.

Hi, I am new to baking breads and have tried about 3 times but have yet to get it right.  The other day I created a pizza dough, because a friend of mine told me that it was realy simple to make.  So I got my ingrediants together and created the dough, then set it aside to rise for about 45 min to an hour.  Then I punched it to let it rise again, well sadly nothing had gone wrong by this point until I forgot to put my dough in the fridge for the next day when I was going to use it.  So I arived home the next day and realized I had left it out and assumed that I will have to remake it and throw this batch away.  Did I have to throw it away or was it still good?  I feel like im so close, so I continue to try every chance I get.

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sphealey

It was probably still good for pizza dough. Assuming it could still be removed from the bowl (that is, it hadn't expanded to fill your entire kitchen), I would have tasted a bit to see if it had any off flavours, then folded it 2 or 3 times (see Floyd's Lesson series for a description of folding) and let it rest for 20 minutes before rolling it out.

The good thing about pizza dough is that it can come out of the oven anywhere between Sicilian-style pizzabread and St. Louis-style cracker crust and still be "right" - as long as you don't make any prediction when you put it in ;-)

You might want to see if King Arthur Flour has one of their free "National Baking Tour" seminars coming to your area - just watching a knowledgable person going through the steps can relieve a lot of anxiety.

Good luck!

sPh

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sphealey

My post above ended up with a really bizarre subject line - I must have posted something at an aviation site just before that and Inserted the wrong text!

sPh

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sourdough-guy

Here's a great link for pizza making. They have videos and all kinds of fun stuff. 

 

Sourdough-guy 

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pseudobaker

Love this site - thanks for posting the link!

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davidlouis333

Thanks!

BROTKUNST's picture
BROTKUNST

... and first buy (or borrow) a good book about bread making - not a 'recipe collection' though. Books from Beranbaum, Hamelmann and Peter Reinhard among others come recommended and they teach you first a basic understanding of what you are dealing with. Very intersting and essential. If you' just try to stick to a recipe you will be either lucky or lost ... no way around it.

BROTKUNST