Author Archives: Tom Lehmann

Dough Doctor: Dough balling, yeast and crust color

2012 November: Dough Doctor

Q: What is the best way to determine if my dough has been correctly mixed? A: While I don’t think there is a level of dough/ gluten development that is correct for all pizza doughs, I do think that for the vast majority of pizzeria operators mixing the dough just until it takes on aMore »

Dough Doctor: Water Works

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Does the water you use really impact your dough that much?   Q: How does water quality impact my dough? A: Various aspects of the water can impact the dough in different ways. For example, iron in the water can react with many oxidative dough strengtheners such as ascorbic acid or azodicarbonamide (ADA) and, toMore »

Dough Doctor: Take-and-bake formula

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Q: This might seem like a rather basic question, but how do you make a decent take-and-bake pizza? A: Several years ago take-and-bake pizzas appeared to be something of a novelty item, but today the novelty has worn off, and take-and-bake pizza has gone mainstream with even some of the big-box store chains beginning toMore »

Whole Grain Dough Done Right

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There has been a continued interest in developing more foods containing whole grains over the past several years. Part of that interest stems from the fact that whole grains are now a part of every school-age child’s life, so children are becoming more accepting of products made from whole grains. Another significant factor in theMore »

Dough Doctor Tom Lehmann calculates party-sized pizza

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Q: We are planning to offer a party size pizza that will be baked on an 18-inch x 26-inch sheet pan. What is the best way to figure out how much dough and toppings we will need to use? A: The best way to calculate dough, sauce and cheese amounts for any size and pizzaMore »

Dough Doctor: Baker’s Percent

2012 January: Dough Doctor

Some people have accused me of making my dough formulas too complex and difficult to make because I insist upon giving the ingredient amounts in percentages. Actually, they’re given in what is called “baker’s percent”. I must admit, I’m guilty as charged, but before you condemn me, allow me to plead my case for usingMore »

Dough Doctor Tom Lehmann takes on common causes of a gum line

Dough Doctor Tom Lehmann takes on common causes of a gum line

In last months’ Dough Doctor article we began discussing the causes for the development of the “dreaded” gum line. This month, we take a look further. Check out some common causes and how to remedy the problem: Failure to cross stack the boxes of dough as they are placed into the cooler. Cross stacking theMore »