Is it possible to overproof pizza dough?
Yes, it is possible to overproof pizza dough. In severe circumstances, overproofed dough can result in a dense and tough dough that produces poor quality pizza.
Overproofed pizza dough has the following visual indicators:
The size of the pizza dough has more than doubled.
Large bubbles can be found in the dough.
The pizza dough has deformed.
How can you recover from over-proofed pizza dough?
The knocking back technique is a simple way to correct over-proofed pizza dough. It may sound unusual, but don't worry, it's a lot easier than you think!
Step 1: Use the fingertip test to ensure that your dough is not over-proofed. The test consists of lightly pressing your finger into the surface of the dough for 2 seconds and then watching how soon it springs back. If the dough is over-proofed, the dent you make will be permanent. Knocking back is just a fancy way of saying "removing the air from dough." When this happens, the dough will rise once more.
Step 2: Take the dough out of the basket or other receptacle in which it is proving.
Step 3: Using the heel of your hand, press down on the dough (like kneading).
Step 4: Squeeze the air out with your fist (like a very slow punch).
Step 5: Take the dough in your palms and squeeze out the air.
Step 6: Reball dough balls that have been over-proofed.
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