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Roman-style Pizza Bianca

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON OONI

Classic Roman pizza features a thin crust, with a dough that’s almost like a flat focaccia. It’s sold by the slice in bakeries across the city as pizza bianca (white pizza) and pizza rossa (red pizza), topped with either olive oil and salt or a simple tomato sauce. This recipe is for a classic pizza bianca.

PREP TIME

30 Mins

COOK TIME

90 Mins

FEEDS

4

DIFFICULTY

Easy

INGREDIENTS

For The Dough:
5.2 ozWarm Water
2 tsp
Salt
1/3 tsp
Active dry yeast
8 ozBread Flour
2 TbspOlive Oil, for brushing the pan
For The Topping:
4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
----Sea-salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

  • Start preparing this well ahead of time – you’ll need to begin about a day before you’d like to cook the pizza.
  • In the bowl, dissolve the salt in the water. Next, add the yeast and stir to activate.
  • Add the water mix to the mixing bowl of your stand mixer, followed by the flour. This prevents the flour from collecting at the bottom. Using the bread hook, knead on a low speed, making sure to scrape down any excess flour. 
  • Once fully combined, knead on a low speed for a further 10 minutes.
  • Once kneaded, scrape the dough into a small bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. The towel creates a moisture seal that allows the dough to breathe while preventing moisture escaping. Leave to prove in a warm room for 1.5 hours.
  • Moisten your hands with water to help pick up the dough from the bowl, as it will be quite sticky – you can also keep a bowl of water handy while you do this to keep wetting your hands as necessary. Gently pick up the dough from the bowl and allow gravity to pull the dough downwards, so that it hangs like a curtain with your fingers in the middle; lay the dough flat in the bowl with the inside 'seam' lying lengthways.
  • Turn the bowl 90 degrees and repeat, picking up the dough to gently stretch and laying flat again. Repeat this 5-10 times, or until the dough becomes smooth. This process traps the carbon dioxide that’s developing in the dough, which helps it form bubbles and rise while cooking.
  • Brush the sheet pan with the olive oil and lay the dough inside the pan. Cover with a wet towel and place in the fridge overnight, for at least 12 hours.
  • At least two hours before you’re ready to start preparing the pizza, remove the dough from the fridge and allow the dough to return to room temperature.
  • To stretch the pizza dough into the sheet pan, place your fingers under the dough and pull towards the edge of the pan. The dough will naturally contract towards itself, so leave for 30 minutes to relax, covered with the damp towel again. Repeat the stretching process and leave to relax for a further 30 minutes, again covered with the wet towel. Repeat as necessary until the dough is fully relaxed and reaches right into the corners of the pan.
  • Fire up your Ooni pizza oven, and preheat the oven until the stone reaches 752˚F (400˚C).
  • Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the top of the dough. Press your fingers firmly into the dough to create ‘dimples’, then top with a little more oil and salt to taste.
  • Bring the heat of the oven down by reducing the fire to a low flame – if using gas, turn to the lowest setting.
  • Place the sheet pan at the very front of the oven. Cook the pizza for 6 minutes, or until the top of the pizza is golden. Be sure to keep an eye on the pizza as it cooks and rotate the tray while baking in order to cook the pizza evenly.
  • Once cooked, remove the pizza from the oven and finish with extra salt if desired. Remove from the pan, slice and serve right away!