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What we do with leftover pizza dough

Yesterday we had one of our corporate days with an accountancy firm from Plymouth – a really lovely day with a group of colleagues and friends cooking together, creating a leisurely lunch from what they had made together in the woodfired ovens; very different from the normal lunch snatched at their desk in the office.

What we do with leftover pizza dough

As part of the hands-on activities we got them to make some dough, our pizza dough that they turned into cocas, the fabulous flatbreads from Barcelona topped with a variety of veggies from peas to peppers to onions to spinach.

What we do with leftover pizza dough

Cocas – a great alternative to pizza

We didn’t get round to using up all the dough they made however so shoved the leftover dough in a covered bowl in the fridge to come back to today.

What we do with leftover pizza dough

Unused dough heading to the fridge – cover it up before it goes in

The dough came out of the fridge to come up to room temperature at noon and was smelling pretty good – yeasty and mature. We split it into 2 weighing in at 700g each, shaped them and put them into proving baskets to come up to room temperature and rise.

What we do with leftover pizza dough

Split in 2 and put in proving baskets

Make sure to cover the proving baskets – we use a clean teatowel.

What we do with leftover pizza dough

Cover the dough

After a couple of hours of quiet rising in the kitchen, the dough was ready.

What we do with leftover pizza dough

Checking the dough

When the dough was ready we turned it on to a piece of teflon shaped to fit the Dutch ovens and slashed the tops.

What we do with leftover pizza dough

Slashing the tops – use a sharp knife

We had already turned the oven on to 250C – yes the electric oven (!) – and put in 2 Dutch ovens to heat up. Actually 2 fake Le Creuset style pots with lids on from Sainsburys which fit side by side in the oven. After they had heated thoroughly – about 45 minutes – and the oven was up to temperature, the Dutch ovens came out and the slashed bread went into the Dutch ovens with the tops on for 20 minutes.

What we do with leftover pizza dough

Into the Dutch oven

What we do with leftover pizza dough

2 Dutch ovens fit into our electric oven

After 20 minutes the lids came off and we put them back in the oven to finish for 15 minutes at 230C – remember the doughs weighed in at just 700g hence the shortish cooking time.

What we do with leftover pizza dough

Lids off after 20 minutes and reduce the heat to 230C

After another 15 minutes the internal temperatures were 95C and the crusts were, well, crusty so out of the oven and on to a cooling rack.

What we do with leftover pizza dough

The finished loaves of leftover dough

Nice crust!

What we do with leftover pizza dough

You get a great crust with the Dutch ovens

That’s breakfast sorted – if we can wait that long!

What we do with leftover pizza dough

Fresh bread with marmalade and butter

Alternatives for using up your pizza dough

Plenty of other things to do with your left over pizza dough; here are just a few –

What we do with leftover pizza dough

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