Anyway, I have wanted to try making this kind of pizza crust ever since there was an extensive article in one of my copy of Cuisine at Home several years ago. The longer fermenting period and the idea that I could toss pizza at home was too fun. For some reason though I just always never found the time. Now I don't know why. The actual 'active' time that this recipe takes is so minimal. I think the problem for me is that when it comes to meals I haven't always been very good at planning ahead. Now, I am working at that more, and with the nudge from the DB challenge - the time of the tossing of dough in our house had finally arrived! I can't wait to see how the other Daring Bakers fared with tossing their dough.
As part of the challenge we were given the task of providing a photograph of our dough tossing experience and were challenged to try it with at least three of the dough balls. Well, I was determined to try it so I actually tossed all of them (especially since we didn't get much lift-off until the third round). It will be really fun to practise my technique and get better at this. My five year old thought it was the coolest thing he had seen me do in a long time. We usually make homemade pizza a couple of times a month so it would be really fun to incorporate this tradition into our routine.
The only piece of specialty equipment I didn't already have was a pizza peel. I have wanted to get one for a long time, but just never have. I thought about trying to get one this time, but they were almost $30 and that just wasn't happening. So, I spent $1.50 instead on a nice, rectangular, clean piece of cardboard - a big sheet cake board. It worked perfectly. I just set the parchment onto the cake board and put the cornmeal on the parchment. I would still like to have a peel, but in the meantime, this works just fine.
Thanks as always to Lis and Ivvone for creating this dynamic group and letting us all be a part of it. I know I don't get around to comment much, but I am seeing how you did and it is alot of fun! Anyway, I hope everyone else had as much fun as I did this month! Thanks to Rosa for a great challenge - you can find the recipe and directions for your own toss worthy dough on Rosa's blog and of course in Peter Reinhart's “The Bread Baker's Apprentice”!