Anyone who has ever tossed a crust knows that it’s the most fun part of making a pizza. Sure, it can get messy, but there’s nothing like pretending you’re a real pizzaiolo. It’s good for the crust, too, letting it retain the right moisture and air and making it rise better at the edges. With the right technique, you’ll give it that truly authentic, beautifully irregular chewy-crispness that’s the mark of a perfect pizza.
If you’re ready to really impress your guests and take your pies to the next level, here’s how to do it.
We can’t stress this enough: A good dough makes all the difference. You need to be able to work it cleanly with your hands and stretch it without it falling apart, so you need to have the basics of pizza-making down first. A high gluten content is a must, as it gives the dough elasticity, and you can’t have the dough too warm or sticky, or it’ll be too hard to work with.
You’ll probably find that the toss doesn’t work well with a whole-wheat or gluten-free dough, or if you haven’t kneaded it properly. Keep in mind, if you’re not too confident in your dough just yet, the store-bought variety should work just fine.
Like every good activity, you’ve got to stretch first! Except, when it comes to pizza tossing, we mean the base, not your muscles.
It depends on how much dough you’re working with, but, as a general rule, you’re aiming for a disc of about 9-10 inches in diameter and about half an inch in thickness before you’re ready to toss. While it’s tempting to use a rolling pin for this first stage, real professionals get a better lift and air bubbles by stretching it by hand.
All you need to do is:
Now for the fun part. Just follow these instructions step-by-step and try to practice as often as possible! If it’s your first time spinning a crust, it’s also a good idea to try out your technique with a tea towel first.
Congratulations! You’ve just made the perfect crust. Now that you’ve gone to all that effort, you don’t want to ruin the pizza by cooking it the wrong way.
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