Author Archives: Tom Lehmann

Dough Doctor: Mix it up

mixer dough and flour

Is there a correct way to mix ingredients?   Q: I see differences in dough make-up procedures. Some call for stirring or whipping the salt, sugar, yeast and oil into the water and then finally adding the flour and mixing, while other procedures call for just adding all of the ingredients to the bowl andMore »

Dough Doctor: Roll with it

Back road pizza, santa fe, new mexico, dough, rolling

The old-fashioned way still works   Q: What are your thoughts on rolling pins? A: Some time ago I was in on a conversation between a number of individuals lamenting the cost of a dough roller for their shop. The discussion moved from single-pass to double-pass rollers, and then off on a tangent to doughMore »

Dough Doctor: Cut it out

Slicing pizza borriello brothers

What slicing tool is best for your operation? Q: I’m putting together an equipment list for a pizzeria that I plan to open soon and I’m trying to decide between using a pizza wheel or a rocker knife to cut my pizzas. Are there any advantages or disadvantages to using one over the other? A:More »

Yeast performance

Tom Lehmann

Which yeast provides the best crust flavor?   Q: Between instant dry yeast (IDY), active dry yeast (ADY) and compressed yeast (CY), which one provides the best flavor to the crust and why? A: This question has come up many times over the years. Back in the early 1980s I did a comprehensive study onMore »

Dough Doctor: Get Wet

pour water, into mixer, dough

Does water temperature really matter?   Q: I have heard you speak several times at Pizza Expo and I’ve heard you make reference to the need to control finished dough temperature. How do you know what temperature water to use to get the dough temperature you’re looking for? A: The reason why I reference finishedMore »

Dough Doctor: Hearth-baked taste

Tom Lehmann

Can you get a deck-oven taste from your conveyor? Q: We are new to air-impingement ovens, and I now want to begin developing a hearth-baked type of pizza. We have done some testing but all that we have been able to make is a crust that is crispy — it still doesn’t have the desiredMore »

Dough Doctor: Thick crust is par-fect

Pan pizza, International Pizza Challenge

Dough Doctor breaks down how to achieve an ideal par-baked crust Q: We are thinking of adding thick-crust pizza to our menu. What is your take on using a par-baked crust? A: If a par-baked crust ever had a place where it excelled, this would be it. I can’t think of a better application forMore »

Dough Doctor: Dough Management 101

dough balls

From start to finish, a sound process ensures a consistent final product   Q: I’m new to the pizza industry and I’ve heard you mention “dough management” in your articles and presentations, but I don’t understand exactly what it is. A: Dough management encompasses everything you do with or to the dough from the timeMore »

Dough Doctor: Staging ingredients impacts dough

2013 March: Dough Doctor

Q: I’ve seen any number of different ways in which the dough ingredients are staged/ added into the mixing bowl. Is there really a difference, or is it a case of just whatever you are taught to use? A: I think some ingredient staging procedures can actually cause harm to the dough while others mayMore »