Tom Lehmann

Dough Doctor Tom Lehmann is a former director at the American Institute of Baking in Manhattan, Kansas and Pizza Today’s resident dough expert.



cormeal, pizza dough, dough skins

October 1, 2017 |

Knead to Know: A Little Rusty

Tom Lehmann talks mixing bowls, yeast and organic dough Q: I am just now in the process of buying equipment for my planned store. I’ve come across several mixers that I’m interested in, and I have seen one that has a bowl with a little rust in the bottom of it. should this be of…Read More


August 31, 2017 |

Knead to Know: Downward Spiral

Tom Lehmann talks oils, spiral mixers Q: What are the pros and cons of using a blended oil as opposed to an extra virgin olive oil? A: When used in making the dough or sauce, you don’t see any significant difference between a quality olive oil and a blended oil from a flavor or performance…Read More


thin pizza crust closeup

May 1, 2017 |

Knead to Know: Elevate Flavor

The Dough Doctor offers tips on improving your crust without breaking the bank Q: We just make a few pizzas a day for use at our bar. We use a frozen dough to make the crust and we find that the pizzas are just so-so, what can we do to make our pizzas better without…Read More


stretching pizza dough

March 1, 2017 |

Knead to Know: Snapped!

Common dough problem has plethora of causes Q: We have a continual problem with dough snap-back after placing it on the screen for baking. Is there anything that we can add to our dough to eliminate this problem? A: Dough snap-back, or dough memory, can be addressed in a number of different ways (which I’ll…Read More


January 1, 2017 |

Dough Doctor: Back to Basics

Create pan and thin-crust pizza with easy measurements Q: Can you help us develop a dough for a pan-style pizza as well as a thin-crust pizza based on 12.5 kilograms of flour? Additionally, can you show us how to make a pre-mix out of the dough formula? A: While you don’t provide any specific information…Read More


December 1, 2016 |

Dough Doctor: Half-baked Idea?

The Dough Doctor answers a question about the use of baking powder in pizza dough Q: I’ve heard that baking powder can be used in making pizza crusts. Is this true? A: Baking powder can and has successfully been used in making pizza crusts for many years. It has also been used in making yeast-raised…Read More


November 1, 2016 |

Dough Doctor: Loaded Questions

The dough doctor dishes on dough loading and oil absorption   Q: What is dough loading? A: Dough loading is really just another way of saying “X” amount of dough per square inch of surface area. We calculate the dough loading by dividing the weight of a dough ball used to make a specific size…Read More


October 1, 2016 |

Dough Doctor: Full-Court Press

Here’s how to get a dough press to work for you We bought a dough press but we have not been able to get our dough to press out well, as it keeps shrinking back after pressing. A:  There are a number of things that need to be addressed when formulating a dough that will…Read More


September 1, 2016 |

Dough Doctor: Time is of the Essence

How to determine optimal dough mixing time Q: How long should you mix your dough? A: This is a common question, and many years ago we conducted some fairly extensive testing to answer it. What we found is that the optimal mixing time of a dough is dependent upon a number of factors. Those include…Read More