Author Archives: Tom Lehmann

Temperature Essentials

Dough Mixing / Proofing Temperature Essentials Our Dough Doctor addresses dough, water temperatures By Tom Lehmann I’ve heard you say that the temperature of the dough after mixing is the single most important aspect of dough management. Would you please explain this to me? The temperature of the dough is vitally important because it setsMore »

Temperature Control

Temperature Control

One commonly overlooked aspect of dough management is that of temperature control. Temperature, temperature, temperature — our life in the store revolves around temperatures. The temperature of the cooler and oven, the holding temperature of the food on the lunch buffet, the temperature of the freezer, even the temperature of the room is generally knownMore »

Achieve a Crispy Crust

For some of us achieving a crispy crust pizza is like chasing down that legendary Golden Fleece, but it really doesn’t have to be such a massive undertaking. Below are some tips to get you on your way. Tip No. 1: The protein content of the flour can influence the potential crispiness of the finishedMore »

Improve Crust Flavor

Our pizza crust doesn’t seem to have much flavor. What can we do to improve the flavor of our crust? If you are allowing your dough to ferment overnight in the cooler, or several hours at room temperature, in all probability your dough has enough fermentation to achieve a good fermentation flavor, so we needMore »

Leavening Dough

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 »

Gummy Pizza

Gummy pizzas can be caused by a number of things. One, the pizza may not be thoroughly baked. If the oven temperature is too high, the outer portion of the crust can be nice and brown, but the center has not been fully baked. In these cases, the crust is generally said to be moreMore »

Fermenting Dough

Like a fine wine, rum, bourbon or scotch whiskey, pizza dough is one of those things that just seem to get better when they’re allowed to age a little. There are times when aging, or allowing the dough to ferment, just isn’t an option — such as when you come into your shop one morningMore »

Emergency Dough

Have you ever had one of those nights where a storm kept you awake? Then, after getting a few hours of sleep you go to your store to open and find that your dough has blown courtesy of a power outage. It’s a nightmare come true, and panicking is usually the first reaction. But youMore »

Par-Baked Pizza Dough

We’ve been tinkering with making a frozen pizza with a par-baked crust, but the finished crust comes out chewy and bland. What’s the problem? Pizza, as with most baked products, is always most flavorful when it comes fresh and hot out of the oven. That par-baked crust has actually been baked twice, once when itMore »