This Pizza Chef Shares His Secrets To Making The Perfect Pizza Dough - En Route

This Pizza Chef Shares His Secrets To Making The Perfect Pizza Dough

Luigi Peluso's pizza dough recipe you can make at home

Let’s just say Neapolitan pizza chef Luigi Peluso knows exactly how to make the perfect pizza dough. Having grown up in the birthplace of pizza, being Naples, he was educated in the art of traditional Italian pizza making at one of the oldest pizzerias in Naples – Pizzeria da Gennaro. 

We were lucky enough to step inside his very own Queen Victoria Building restaurant Vanto, to find out exactly what his secrets are when it comes to making a perfectly crunchy, yet oh-so-gooey pizza dough. 

What are his secrets? Luigi begins with “I mature my pizza dough for 60 – 72 hours.” Yes, it’s a lengthy process but “It’s an important process to increase the digestibility of the dough.”

Girls, you’d be happy to hear that this means Luigi’s pizza dough is lighter in density, so technically speaking this means less bloating and it’s much easier to digest!

For those following along at home, Luigi urges us to continue “Kneading the dough by hand properly until the dough becomes smooth. This helps to ensure the dough has good elasticity – which in turn is easier to work with. I also recommend maturing your dough for at least 16-hours to help banish pizza bloat after eating.”

I also recommend maturing your dough for at least 16-hours to help banish pizza bloat after eating

Luigi’s Dough Ingredients  

Makes six 260g dough balls 

1kg flour
(Luigi recommends Caputo blue flour but any good quality flour works)
700ml water
(water temperature around 18-20 degrees works best)
25g salt
4g of fresh yeast

 

En-Route Vanto Restaurant
En-Route Vanto Restaurant

Step 1: Place water in a big mixing bowl and crumble/melt in the yeast using your fingertips

Step 2: Add roughly half of the flour into the water and yeast mixture, folding it in with a wooden spoon. Once the dough is solid enough, use your hands to continue mixing.

En-Route Vanto Dough Recipe
En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe

Step 3: Continue to add the remaining flour, mixing it in by picking the dough up from the corners and placing the flour into the middle of the dough, folding it like a napkin until smooth

Step 4: Place the dough in a medium-sized plastic container for two hours sealed with a lid

Step 5: After 2 hours, put the container with the dough in the fridge for maturation for a further 14-16 hours

Step 6: Remove the dough from the fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 1-hour

En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe
En-Route Vanto Dough Recipe
En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe

Step 7: Using a kitchen scale split the dough into 260g sized balls, folding the dough from the corner to the middle until a ball shape is formed (you should be able to get roughly 6 balls out of the mixture)

Step 8: Place dough balls into a container with a lid and let the dough grow/double in size – this should roughly take 6-7 hours depending on the temperature of the room

En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe
En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe

Step 9: Turn the oven on to a high temperature

Step 10: Take 1 ball of pizza dough and with a spatula and a little extra flour, make a round disk pushing down with your fingertips from the centre of the ball to the corner (without touching the corner). Turn the dough and repeat a few times until dough is approximately 28cm

En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe
En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe
En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe

Step 11: With a spoon add the tomato pizza sauce (leave the edges untouched). Top with For di latte or mozzarella, parmesan and extra virgin olive oil (or your favourite pizza toppings)

Step 12: Place pizza in the oven until golden brown and base of the pizza is cooked (time will depend on the oven)

En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe
En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe
En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe
En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe
En-Route Vanto Restaurant Dough Recipe

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