Dough Doctor: Pan seasoning isn’t just for flavor

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Q: Every time I season a pan and it looks promising, it all comes off with the first bake. Or, if a pizza sticks to the pan, it scrapes off. I use a 65-percent dough for pan-fried pizza with oil. The pan seasoning wore off and I can’t seem to get a good seasoning again.More »

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 Tom Lehmann takes a look at organic pizzas, local ingredients and artisan pizzas

Dough Doctor Tom Lehmann takes a look organic pizzas, local ingredients and artisan pizzas

Q: We have been getting some customer requests for natural or organic pizzas. Is there a way we can do this economically? A: The words “natural” and “organic” are consumer buzzwords in the food industry. There have been supermarkets, delis and restaurants developed to cater to this market niche. The interesting thing about natural orMore »

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 Tom Lehmann explores Chicago thick and thin crust pizzas

chicago style thick crust pizza

Chicago is perhaps best known for its deep-dish pizza, that ooey, gooey, cheesy, saucy concoction served in round pans (read on for more on creating this type of crust). But a rise in what is known as Chicago thin-crust is gaining popularity. This cracker-like pizza is less about the toppings and more about the dough.More »

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 a look at forging a single store in the pizza industry

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Q: Is there still room in the pizza industry for an independent to get started? A: To answer your question in one word, yes. Pizza is a constantly evolving food that has great appeal to a very high percentage of our population across all age categories, and for the most part all ethnic backgrounds. InMore »