Pizza Ovens

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FAQs on our Pizza Dough

 

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Questions on Our Sourdough Pizza Dough Answered!

We have proved that sourdough pizza makes for a more tasty and digestible pizza, one that you can eat all night long without leaving you feeling so heavy and bloated. We hear many happy stories of others who find the same.

Due to the slow, natural fermentation, sourdough is intrinsically better for your gut health than regular yeast, aiding digestion with the natural microbes.

True sourdough pizza dough only used a live sourdough starter, instead of regular yeast as its form of leavening (rise). It is also possible to add dried sourdough powder to standard yeast to improve flavour. Sourdough pizza dough will need a longer prove time, and won’t get so puffy as it proves. It’s well worth the extra time, as our 5* reviews will tell you.

Yes, any pizza dough can be frozen, before the “second fermentation” takes place. Our pizza doughs are frozen immediately from the bulk mix and individually wrapped to prevent freezer burn. They will generally keep very well for up to 12 months when frozen in this way. If your pizza dough has thawed, but not yet started to prove – puffing up with air bubbles appearing in the dough, you can even re-freeze without significantly impacting the quality of the dough.

When stored correctly, sourdough pizza dough will keep for at least 3 days in a fridge and up to 12 months frozen. Keeping it in the fridge for a few days leads to “cold fermentation” and the longer this is, the better the results will be! I have kept some of our wild sourdough for a week in the fridge, with excellent results.

You should keep it chilled overnight, or it will likely over-prove. The ideal method is to thaw in a sealed container overnight in the fridge and then remove in time to reach room temperature before you want to cook. If you have forgotten to thaw overnight in this way, it is still possible to thaw and prove at ambient temperature, this will take around 6 hours depending on how warm the area is.

Yes, like all leavened products, sourdough pizza dough will over-prove if left too long at room temperature. If the dough is over-proved it will become very hard to work with, leading to tearing and sticking when you try to work with it. Depending on the type of dough it may also not rise properly when cooking.

The ideal method is to thaw in a sealed container overnight in the fridge and then remove in time to reach room temperature before you want to cook. If you have forgotten to thaw overnight in this way, it is still possible to thaw and prove at ambient temperature, this will take around 6 hours depending on how warm the area is.

You should not “knead” our ready-made pizza dough products. This will lead to tightening the gluten and making it very hard to stretch.

If required, our pizza dough balls can be shaped with floured hands, by gently tucking the sides under itself, using both your hands, to create a neat ball. Another method is to gently draw them across a non-floured worktop with a cupped hand and the friction of the worktop will tighten the dough into a ball. Do not overwork the dough, this will lead to tightening the gluten and making it very hard to stretch. Allow the dough at least 30 minutes to relax again before stretching.

Our sourdough pizza dough is not gluten-free.

The most likely reason is that the dough is over-proved. However, you will always need to use a good dusting of flour when working with the dough to prevent your hands from sticking to it.

If the dough has over proved, then give it a good dusting of flour and do your best to tuck it back into a neat ball. Allow 30 – 60 minutes for the gluten in the dough to relax again before trying to stretch.

Questions on Our Gluten Free Pizza Dough Answered!

Virtue is a great place to buy ready-made gluten-free pizza dough. We offer a 250g dough ball that makes a 10-12” pizza.

Gluten free pizza dough is a pizza dough that is suitable for those who suffer from coeliac disease, or who are gluten intolerant. Gluten-free pizza dough will be more like pastry dough to use, as there is no gluten to give it elasticity. It, therefore, requires a different technique to stretch and cook gluten-free pizza.

Virtue Gluten-free pizza dough is made predominantly from water and rice flour, a number of other ingredients, including sunflower oil to help bind it together and yeast. Our gluten-free dough does not contain any egg.

Virtue gluten-free pizza dough contains 39.0g of carbohydrate per 100g, so is unlikely to work for a Keto or other low-carb style diet.

No, Virtue Gluten-free pizza dough contains 39.0g of carbohydrate per 100g.

Yes, Virtue gluten-free dough is suitable for vegans.

Virtue gluten-free pizza dough has been called “the best” by some of our customers, with a nice texture and taste. It is much more fragile than regular pizza dough and therefore requires a different technique to stretch and cook.

Virtue gluten-free pizza dough will not really rise while proving but will puff up a little as it cooks.

Our gluten-free dough does not contain any egg

Our gluten-free dough has slightly higher calories than our wild sourdough, at 238 calories per 100g

Yes, our gluten-free dough contains regular yeast.