How to Fix Over-proofed Pizza Dough

How to Fix Over-proofed Pizza Dough

Can pizza dough be over proofed?

Well yes, pizza dough can be over proofed. In the most extreme cases, over proofed dough can lead to a dense and tough dough that makes poor quality pizza.

Visual indicators of over proofed pizza dough include:

  • The pizza dough has more than doubled in size
  • The dough contains large bubbles
  • The pizza dough has lost it’s shape

    How do you fix over-proofed pizza dough?

    The simple way to fix over-proofed pizza dough is using a technique known as knocking back. It may sound strange but don’t worry, knocking back is much easier than you think!

    Step 1: Perform the fingertip test to make sure your dough is over-proofed. The test involves gently pressing your finger into the surface of the dough for 2 seconds and then seeing how quickly it springs back. The dent you make will be permanent if the dough is over-proofed. Knocking back is simply a fancy term for removing the air from dough. When this happens the dough will prove again.

    Step 2: Remove the dough from the basket or other vessel in which you’re proofing it.

    Step 3: Press down on the dough with the heel of your hand (like kneading).

    Step 4: Use your fist to squeeze the air out (like a very slow punch).

    Step 5: Pick the dough up in your hands and squeeze the air out

    Step 6: Reball over-proofing dough balls.

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