When it comes to pizza, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds.
From New York slices to Chicago deep dish and California-style pies, the pizza world is incredibly diverse.
But have you ever wondered about Brooklyn-style pizza?
Brooklyn-style pizza is a bit of a mystery for many, often overshadowed by its New York counterpart.
Let’s dive deep into the world of Brooklyn-style pizza and uncover what sets it apart.
What is Brooklyn-Style Pizza Explained
The Perfect Crust: It stands out for its thin, crispy crust . Meticulously crafted dough, using the finest ingredients, is baked in a coal-fired oven, resulting in a crust that’s both crunchy and tender.
Hand-stretched: Traditionally, Brooklyn-style pizza dough is hand-stretched, ensuring a consistently thin crust.
Tangy Tomato Sauce: What truly sets this pizza apart is its tangy tomato sauce. Crafted from fresh tomatoes, garlic, and a hint of oregano, it strikes a delightful balance between sweetness and tanginess.
Low moisture: The dough used in Brooklyn-style pizza usually contains less moisture due to the hand-stretching process.
This results in a crispier texture, favoured by those who prefer less dough.
Melty Mozzarella: At its core, every Brooklyn-style pizza boasts a generous layer of mozzarella cheese.
As it gracefully melts and bubbles in the oven, it creates that irresistible, gooey goodness we all crave.
Simpler toppings: While classic toppings like pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, and onions are rarely to be seen, Brooklyn-style pizzas feature fewer toppings and a straightforward cheese blend.
HISTORY of the Brooklyn’s Style Pizza
Let me take you on a trip down pizza memory lane to one of Brooklyn’s pizza pioneers – Totonno’s.
This pizza joint fired up its ovens back in 1924 in the sunny Coney Island.
Guess what? It’s still dishing out fantastic pies today and has quite the reputation as one of Brooklyn’s finest pizza spots.
Now, what makes Totonno’s pizza stand out? Well, it’s that old-school coal-fired oven they’ve got.
It adds a special kick to their pies, giving them a flavour and texture you won’t find just anywhere.
And let’s talk about that crust – it’s thin and crispy, staying true to the roots of classic Neapolitan pizza.
Plus, they’re all about fresh, quality ingredients that make every slice a taste bud adventure.
Brooklyn’s pizza story wouldn’t be complete without this legendary spot!
Recipe of Traditional Brooklyn Style Pizza
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 16 hours and 5 minutes
Total Time: 16 hours and 45 minutes
For the Dough:
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
For the Toppings:
- 6 ounces low moisture mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup no salt added canned crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 leaves fresh basil, torn
Making the Dough:
- Start by taking a big bowl and pour in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over it and let it sit for 5 minutes until it gets all foamy. It’s the yeast coming to life!
- Now, stir in the cold water and salt. Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time, and give it a good stir until everything is mixed in.
Kneading the Dough
Flour your surface, and get ready to knead! Take that dough and knead it on the floured surface for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
Dividing and Chillin’
Divide the dough into two equal parts and shape them into tight little dough balls.
Coat them generously with olive oil and pop them into a sealed container. Let these babies chill in the refrigerator for at least 16 hours.
Make sure your container is roomy enough for the dough to grow.
Time to Make Pizzas
An hour before you’re ready to become a pizza pro, take the dough out of the fridge.
Preheat and Prep
Crank up your oven to a scorching 550 degrees F (or 288 degrees C) with a pizza stone chilling on the lowest rack.
Sprinkle a bit of flour on a pizza peel (that’s like a big spatula for pizzas).
Prepare the First Pizza
Give one of those dough balls a dusting of flour and gently stretch it until it’s around 14 inches in diameter.
That’s about the size of your pizza stone. Carefully place it on the floured peel.
Time to get creative. Layer half of your mozzarella on the crust, then sprinkle a bit of oregano and pepper over it.
Now, let’s get saucy – spoon some crushed tomatoes on the pizza, but leave some room without sauce. Drizzle olive oil like it’s your canvas.
The Great Pizza Slide
Here’s the tricky part. Give your peel a little shake to ensure the dough won’t stick.
Now, slide the tip of the peel at the back of that hot pizza stone, and gently remove the peel so your pizza sits pretty on the stone.
Into the Oven
Bake your masterpiece in the preheated oven until the crust turns a delightful shade of brown, about 4 to 6 minutes.
Take a Slice
Slide your pizza back onto the peel, then out of the oven. Sprinkle some of that fresh torn basil all over it. I Actually don’t enjoy basil but anyways Slice it up and dig in!
Repeat the Magic
Don’t forget, you’ve got another pizza to make. Just follow steps all over again.
There you have it, homemade Brooklyn-style pizzas that’ll make you a pizza legend among your friends!
Enjoy your cheesy, crispy creations.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q1: What is a Brooklyn style Domino’s pizza?
A Brooklyn style Domino’s pizza is all about going big as mentioned in Domino’s Website with oversized slices, available in large and extra-large sizes.
It features a hand-stretched, thin crust, offering a balance between their Hand Tossed and Crunchy Thin Crust options.
You can customize it with your favourite toppings or enjoy it with their specialty pizzas.
Q2: What is the difference between Brooklyn style crust and Hand Tossed pizza?
The key difference between Brooklyn Style crust and Hand Tossed pizza lies in the dough.
The Brooklyn Style crust uses a yeast-based New York style dough, cut into a large triangular shape, perfect for folding.
In contrast, the thin crust of the Hand Tossed pizza is more like a cracker crust and likely doesn’t contain yeast.
Q3: What is the difference between Brooklyn style pizza and New York style pizza?
The main difference between Brooklyn style pizza and New York style pizza is in the crust.
Brooklyn style pizza has a uniformly crispy crust that cracks when you fold it, while classic New York pizza has a crispy edge but a softer, more flexible dough beneath the cheese that bends when you fold it.
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