72 Hour Pizza Dough Recipe

72 Hour Pizza Dough Recipe – One master dough, infinite variations

(makes 3-4 pizzas)


3 1/4 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Bread flour, salt, and yeast.
2. Slowly add the water, and mix with a wooden spoon to combine. Once the mixture comes together, lightly flour your work bench or large cutting board and remove the dough from the bowl with lightly oiled or wet hands so it doesn’t stick. Knead for 2-3 minutes to remove clumps. The dough won’t become elastic, but should easily form a loose ball.
3. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp, clean kitchen towel
4. Se aside for 24 hours at room temperature. It will double in size and you may see bubbles forming on the surface.
5. Lightly flour a large cutting board or your kitchen countertop, and place the dough on it. Wet or lightly oil your hands again.
6. Divide dough into seven equal portions and make your dough balls.
7. Place the dough balls into oiled cylindrical airtight containers (deli takeaway containers are ideal), date the containers, and place in the fridge for 48 to 96 hours.
8. Remove from refrigerator at least 1 hour before use to allow the dough to come to room temperature; this lets the gluten relax and makes the dough malleable.

Peak period of fermentation: The peak period for making pizza with this dough is between 48 and 96 hours after the initial “bulk ferment,” when the dough doubles in size. (If you start the dough on Tuesday, prime pizza time will be Friday through Sunday.) Feel free to experiment with fermentation times until you find what works best for you.

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