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For making the poolish, in a large bowl with a fork mix the
Type 0 Flour (2 cups)
Water (9 oz)
Fresh Yeast (1/4 tsp)
. You should get a very soft and sticky dough.
Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 12-15 hours. After this time has passed, the dough is very bubbly and it is almost starting to collapse in the center.
Add the remaining
Type 0 Flour (1 cup)
Granulated Sugar (1 1/2 tsp)
Fresh Yeast (1/8 tsp)
. Using a fork, stir all the ingredients together.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (0.5 oz)
Salt (1 1/4 tsp)
The dough will be sticky at this stage, and not at all smooth. Don’t worry, that’s exactly how it should look.
Turn the dough onto an oily surface, divide it into 2 equal parts and do a couple of rounds of slap and fold. Movements need to be fast and energetic. Just a few folds will be enough, be careful not to overdo it or you will stress the dough, breaking the gluten which we are trying to build.
Cover with the bowl and let rest for 15 minutes. Then repeat with one more round of slap and fold. The dough now should look smooth, soft, and have some small bubbles.
Move into 2 large bowls, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 5 hours. Once it has triplicated its volume
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and gently shape it into a 12-inch circle. Make soft and gentle movements going from the center toward the edge, trying to push the air bubbles inside the dough towards the edges, this will give you those typical holes which we all love in pizza.
Turn on the oven (grill function) to its max temperature.
Meanwhile bring a large skillet on the stove, high heat, when hot transfer the disc of dough, quickly spread
Tomato Sauce (3/4 cup)
, try to be fast to avoid the center growing high. Add some sliced
Fresh Basil (to taste)
and cook it on medium-high.
When the edges have doubled its volume and the bottom of the pizza crust has got a nice golden color, add some sliced
Mozzarella Cheese (1 3/4 cups)
on top and transfer the pizza to your oven pan, placing it in the highest rack, very close to the grill. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the edges got slightly burnt and mozzarella has melted.
Take your pizza out of the oven, drizzle some
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (1/2 Tbsp)
on top. Serve it up immediately!
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