Homemade Pizza Troubleshooting

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Homemade Pizza Troubleshooting

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Yes, we all have been there.  Something goes wrong and you don’t know what caused the problem and don’t know how to fix it.  Don’t be discouraged if you have experienced any of the below pizza problems, we now tell you what are the probable causes of your result and what you can do to fix it and make sure it does not happen again. 

If you experience any problems that we do not address here, don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know so we can help you and other who might experience the same pizza problem.

Pizza Trouble Probable Cause Possible Remedy
stretching pizza dough to make circle image My dough is shrinking - Overworked dough
- Stressed gluten
- Let it rest for 10 minutes.
unproofed pizza dough My dough is ripping - Gluten is not developed
- You are using the wrong flour
- Use a High Protein Flour.
- Knead your dough properly.
- Knead your dough evenly.
- Let your dough rest for 10 min.
soggy pizza Soggy Pizza - Too much moisture
- Too much sauce
- Too much cheese
- Set it in the oven for an additional 2 minutes.
sticky pizza dough in hands My pizza dough is too sticky - Too much water - Add a tablespoon of flour.
- Knead it for 5 minutes.
Over proofed dough My dough over proofed - Too much yeast.
- Too much fermenting time.
- Hot fermenting temperature.
- Yeast should be less than 5% of flour
- Set a timer.
- Proofing time should be 1 to 1 1/2 hrs. The best proofing temperature is 80 F.
raw pizza My pizza is raw - Not enough time in the oven.
- The crust is too thick
- Set the pizza in the oven for another 3 minutes.
sticky pizza on peel My pizza is sticking to peel - Not enough flour on working surface, peel or stone. - Add flour to working surface.
- Add coarse cornmeal to pizza peel.
- Add flour or cornmeal to the pizza stone.
Cover dough in glass bowl using cling film My dough didn't rise - Yeast could be dead.
- Not enough rising time.
-Let it rest for another 30 minutes, if it didn't rise, yeast is dead.
- Start a new batch with fresh yeast.

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