Black Trumpet Pizza with Leeks, Pancetta, and Pecorino
The "biga" dough, which gives the crust a complex, slightly sour flavor, takes this undeniably delicious pizza to a whole new level.
Servings: 4-6 people
Prep: 48 hours
for the biga:
100 grams flour
50 grams water
15 grams sourdough starter
for the pizza dough:
500 grams tipo 00 flour
290 grams water
125 grams biga
12.5 grams salt
20 grams olive oil
50 grams flour
25 grams water
for the toppings:
250 grams fresh mozzarella
150 grams black trumpets, cleaned
80 grams leeks, cleaned and thinly sliced in rounds
100 grams pancetta, thinly sliced
50 grams Pecorino cheese
Chef's Note: First, make the biga, what we use to leaven our pizza dough. It gives the pizza that complex and slightly sour flavor. You can buy sourdough starter from most good bakeries. Make your biga the day before you decide to make the dough.
1. In a non-reactive bowl, mix the 100 grams flour, 50 grams water, and 15 grams sourdough starter together until well combined. Place in a warm area of your kitchen for 12 hours. After 12 hours, add 50 grams flour and 25 grams water to the biga and mix until well combined. Place in a warm area for another 6 hours. After 6 hours, the biga is ready to be used in the pizza dough.
2. In an electric mixer or large bowl, add all the water and biga. While mixing, add the flour and salt to the water. Mix dough for 12 to 15 minutes on low speed. When dough is about finished, add olive oil and mix until incorporated.
3. Leave dough to rest on a tabletop covered with a towel for 2 to 3 hours.
4. Next, roll the dough into tight balls that weigh around 240 grams each. Place the balls in a flat plastic box with a tight fitting lid, making sure the balls are not touching each other. Let them rest for one hour. Place dough in refrigerator for 12 hours or overnight. Remove dough from refrigerator and place in a warm area of your kitchen 6 hours before you plan on making the pizzas.
5. Now, it's time to shape the dough. Carefully remove a dough ball from the box. Coat the dough lightly with flour and start to flatten the ball with the tips of your fingers while keeping its round shape. Start stretching the dough by pulling the edges of the pizza with your right hand while holding the pizza still with your left. Continue this motion while rotating the pizza clockwise until the pizza has been stretched to around 30 cm in diameter. The pizza should be thin but even with a slight lip around the crust. Once stretched, transfer to a pizza peel or an upside down baking sheet.
6. Next, add the toppings. With your hands, break the mozzarella into small pieces and spread it evenly on top of the pizza. Toss the black trumpets and leeks with a little olive oil and salt. This will help the mushrooms cook faster while in the oven. Evenly distribute the mushrooms and leeks on top of the mozzarella and finish the pizza by laying the slices of pancetta flat on top.
7. Now, bake the pizza. Preheat your oven to 550° Farenheit or as high as it goes. Place a pizza stone on the lower rack. Once the oven is hot, use the peel or baking pan to slide the pizza onto the hot pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the crust is golden brown and the mushrooms and pancetta are cooked (10 minutes depending on your oven). Remove from the oven, finely grate the Pecorino over the top, and serve immediately.