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Poolish For Pizza Dough (or bread)

Yields2 ServingsPrep Time1 hrCook Time20 minsTotal Time1 hr 20 mins

poolish recipe 3 Poolish For Pizza Dough (or bread)

Poolish - Metric
 100 g Flour (00 or All Purpose)
 100 ml Water (lukewarm tap is fine)
 0.35 g Active dry yeast
 2 g Honey
Poolish - Imperial
 ¾ cup Flour (00 or All Purpose)
 ½ cup Water (lukewarm tap is fine)
  tsp Active dry yeast
 ¼ tsp Honey
Pizza Dough - Metric (added to poolish)
 190 g Flour (00 or All Purpose)
 105 ml Water
 9 g Salt
 5 g Honey
 9 g Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or about 13 grams)
Pizza Dough - Imperial (added to poolish)
 1 ½ cups Flour (00 or All Purpose)
 ½ cup Water
 1 ½ tsp Salt
  tsp Honey
 ½ tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or about 13 grams)
Poolish Recipe

Pour room temperature water into a mixing bowl.


Add the yeast and honey to the water and mix well.


Add flour to the water and incorporate it fully until you're left with an extremely wet dough about the consistency of thick pancake batter.


Transfer the poolish mixture to a resealable container, or a bowl tightly covered in plastic wrap. Let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour, or until you see some yeast activity such as as rising slightly or small bubbles.


Place the poolish in the refrigerator to cold ferment overnight.


Depending on how cold your refrigerator is, the poolish will last anywhere from 2-4 days. It can still be used beyond this date, in most cases, but the taste of the crust will change due to the extended fermentation process. This may or may not be a good thing depending on your preferences.

Poolish Pizza Dough Recipe

Add poolish to mixing bowl.


Add lukewarm water to poolish in mixing bowl.


Mix poolish with water until the poolish has been completely liquified. It should become white and foamy as flour and gas from the poolish is released.


Add honey and mix well.


Mix flour and salt together in separate a bowl and add about half of this mixture to the poolish and water. It helps to add the flour/salt incrementally and mix.


When half of the flour/salt has been added, add olive oil and mix until it's fully incorporated.


Add the rest of the flour/salt and mix it until all of the dry ingredients have been hydrated by the wet ingredients. Cover the bowl tightly and let this mixture rest for 15 minutes.


When 15 minutes have passed, give the dough mixture another quick stir with the spatula. It works best to fold the dough on top of itself several times then form it into the rough shape of a ball, but however you do it should work as well.

You should notice that the consistency of the dough is much smoother and less sticky than it was previously, this means the gluten is starting to form.


At this point you have a choice - you can either knead the dough for about 15-20 minutes until the gluten fully forms or you can leave it to rest overnight in the fridge. Both of these methods will encourage gluten formation which is what makes for a good crust.

The overnight no-knead method is best in terms of simplicity and the double fermentation effect, but if you need the dough the same day you'll have to knead it by hand until the dough is elastic and smooth.

Personally, I like to let it rest overnight rather than knead it by hand. I find the results are much better and more consistent.


Tip: If you've never kneaded pizza dough before, you can make the process easier (but slightly longer) by kneading for only a few minutes at a time and letting it rest for 15 minutes in between. Each time it rests, the dough will become stronger, less sticky, and easier to work with.

When kneading, coat your hands with a (very) small amount of olive oil, lift the dough up and slap it back down onto the counter while folding it over onto itself. Repeat this 3 or 4 times then let it rest for 15 minutes. Repeat this whole process until the dough becomes elastic and smooth then form it into a ball.


When the dough has been refrigerated overnight (or kneaded), divide it in half and form each half into a smooth and tight ball. Place the balls onto a lightly oiled pan and cover it gently with plastic wrap so it can expand. Let the balls proof for 3-4 hours at room temperature before shaping them into a pizza, or longer depending on how hot or cold your house is. If you only plan on using 1 of the balls, you can place the other in the fridge and skip the proofing process.

If you need help balling and proofing pizza dough, you can find a link to a tutorial at the top of this page.

overnight pizza dough

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 250 grams

Servings 0

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