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Bread Whore – The Hirohito / Mussolini Method

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In another time, I might have given the dough a kinder, more compassionate name. But with that Cold War machine out there priming the pump, I’m feeling a tad evil.

Generally speaking, this is the focaccia recipe from last month.

– but –

after making my usual weekly loaf of Hokkaido style TangZhong bread, I had 1/2 of the cooked roux left over.

So… I says, “hmmm…. wonder what this would do in the focaccia recipe?”

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and, “What if I tweaked it and made pizza crust with it too?”

So, I did.

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Axis Powers

Pizza / Focaccia Dough

Makes 1 Focaccia and 1- 20″ Pizza

Ingredients

2 1/4 Cups Bread Flour

1/3 Cup TangZhong Cooked Roux (click through the linky to get the preparation on it)

1 Tablespoon Dry Yeast

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Sorghum Syrup (or Barley Malt Syrup)

1 Cup Hot Water

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Garlic Infused Oil

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To make a Focaccia:

Follow the focaccia procedure as you would for a  normal loaf.

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To make Pizza Dough:

after kneading  with a hook, cover and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

Turn out onto a working surface and give it a good dusting with flour

Roll it flat (1/4″) into a large rough circle

Spray a large pizza pan with cooking spray and dust the pan evenly with either coarse corn meal or grits.

(or you can free-form it on a peel. But you’ll notice that the dough will want to shrink together a lot)

Stretch the dough completely over the pan draping the edges.

Cover and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile:

make your fav sauce / prepare topping / grate cheese / do your nails….. whatever.

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Preheat the oven to 500 Degrees

Top with sauce / meaties / cheese

Bake on the lowest rack at 500 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes

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Until the crust is crispy brown and the cheese is all bubbly

So, why go through all this trouble for pizza crust? Because it’s the best damned crust you’ll ever make. The crust is tender, not tough. There’s enough give in the crust to give you those big-ass floppy pizza slices like you get in Yankee Land. And…. because you can finally put a beat down on anyone that says you can’t make great pizza at home.

That’s why.

You’re welcome…

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