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What Do You Do With Old Homemade Pizza Dough?

focaccia sandwich

At Baking Steel, one of the questions I get asked most frequently is, "how long does homemade pizza dough last in the fridge?"  The short answer is your pizza will be best after 3-6 days in the fridge.  After six days in the fridge, you can still make pizza but that dough is going to lose some of its' spring or liveliness.  Lately, as a delicious alternative, we've been using our older doughs to make focaccia bread.  This bread is fantastic straight from the oven, or you can slice it up to use for some "out of this world" sandwiches.  There are no limits! 

Today, I opened the fridge and grabbed 3 aged doughs:  a 25-day, an 18-day and an 8-day dough.  I combined the three and made one big-ass dough ball!  Next, I lightly oiled my Pyrex dish and let it proof for a couple of hours.  After the proof, I threw the pyrex into the oven at 400 F.  Fast forward about 20 minutes and bam, focaccia!  Pretty amazing, if I do say so myself.  Eat a slice straight away (betcha can't eat just one!) and save the rest for your favorite lunchtime sandwich.  You'll be glad you did!  

Three Old pizza doughs...I always date themThree old pizza doughs before I park them in the fridge.  

Three Old pizza doughs...I always date themThree old pizza doughs before I park them in the fridge.  

old pizza dough
Make one big dough ball..

Make one big dough ball..

Place dough ball into a pyrex dish, let proof for 2 hours

Place dough ball into a pyrex dish, let proof for 2 hours

Press and bake the bread
ham sandwich on focaccia
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