Author Archives: Tom Lehmann

Better With Age / The Fermentation Process

Like other types of yeast leavened bread doughs, pizza doughs will benefit from fermenting for a period of time before using or baking it. Fermentation provides dough conditioning, making the dough easier to shape. It also reduces the propensity of the dough to bubble during baking, and it does wonders for the flavor of theMore »

Dough Doctor: How does oil affect dough?

Oil is a truly multi-functional ingredient in pizza dough production. It can affect everything from the crispiness to flavor of the crust, as well as the way the dough handles during shaping. The type of oil used can influence the flavor of the finished crust, providing anything from a neutral flavor to characterizing flavor. ForMore »

Percentage To Weights Dough Formula

This is very easy to do, and all that’s needed is a simple calculator. Begin by deciding how much flour you want to use in your dough formula. Keep in mind that the weights of the ingredients will be given in the same weight units in which you have expressed your flour weight. For example,More »

Dough Technology

Technology is like the forces of Mother Nature –– you may or may not like it, but once it begins heading in your direction there isn’t much you can do about it. You can either embrace it or step aside and let it pass you by. Usually, embracing it is the way to go. ByMore »

Flour Protein

Flour protein is probably the most misunderstood thing about pizza making. For many of us our definition of flour is “pizza flour.” The prevailing thinking is that ‘If I’m making pizza, I need pizza flour to make it with.’ Well, not exactly. You see, pizza flour came about in the mid to late ’50s whenMore »

Flour Cost Cutting

There is nothing that can be done that I am aware of. Yes, there are a host of different flour types that you can replace a portion of the wheat flour with, such as spelt flour, rice flour, amaranth flour and buckwheat flour, but all of these options are actually more expensive than wheat flour,More »

Dough Doctor: Pizza Pans

Photo by Josh Keown

Q: I’m getting ready to open my first store soon and I’m looking at the different pizza pans that are available. The anodized finish pans are more expensive than the bright, spun aluminum pans. Are they really worth the extra cost? A: In my humble opinion, yes, the anodized finish pans are worth every pennyMore »

Take N Bake Pizza

Take and bake pizza has finally grabbed the attention of mainstream operators and questions abound on how to make take and bake pizzas. They are really not that difficult to make as evidenced by the fact that some operators don’t do much more than just dress a dough skin placed on a piece of parchmentMore »

Cooking Pizza Sauce

Question: Should I cook or not cook my pizza sauce? Answer: Okay, this doesn’t address dough, but it is a common question nevertheless. I can’t tell you not to cook your sauce, but I can give you some reasons why I personally wouldn’t want to cook my sauce. 1) Cooking the sauce does release flavors, butMore »

Dough Doctor: National Pizza Month

2012 October: Dough Doctor

Here we are, October and National Pizza Month. It’s time to celebrate! For some operators the summer has been slow, but now that kids are back in school, pizza is back on the menu again for social and school functions, and home meals for families on the go. This is the month to begin promotingMore »