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Knead To Know

DOUGH DR. TOM LEHMANN

Be a Sponge
The Dough Doctor answers your questions
on the sponge process and mixing times

What is the sponge process and how does it fit into
making pizza?
A: In my last article I mentioned using the sponge
and dough process in making frozen pizza dough
for use in a pizza trailer, truck or any other remote
location such as a kiosk/express store. The sponge and
dough process allows us to ferment the dough for
flavor development while still having a dense dough
for efficient freezing characteristics.
This is a process commonly used by commercial
bread and bun bakers to achieve the characteristics of
a well-fermented dough while still maintaining excellent handling properties. In the sponge and dough
process a portion (typically 50 to 80 percent) of the
flour is fermented for three to five hours to condition
the dough for improved handling (as well as improved
finished bread flavor). Over the years I've found
that using 80 percent of the total dough flour in the
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sponge provides the best results in pizza production.
To make the sponge we will use 80 percent of the
total flour (by weight) and mix it with all of the yeast
and 60 percent of the total water.
I like to target the sponge for a finished temperature of 75 to 80 F, so the temperature of the water
used in making the sponge should be 5 F less than
the desired finished temperature. Put the water in
the mixing bowl first and then add the flour and
yeast. Mix just until the sponge comes together as a
cohesive mass. More mixing is not needed or desired.
Transfer the sponge to a suitably sized, lightly oiled
container and set aside to ferment at room temperature for the time you have opted for. Remember that
longer fermentation times will generally produce a
better finished pizza. Cover the dough using a sheet
of plastic to prevent drying and check it occasionally.
If it looks like it might overflow the container, just
knock the sponge dough as necessary.
JOSH KEOWN


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Pizza Today - February 2018
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Man on the Street
Tony’s Trending Recipe
At Your Service
Destinations
Knead to Know
Family Friendly
Flavored Pasta
Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Dried Herbs
E-Mail Marketing
Food Cost Basics
Road to Pizza Expo
Five Can’t-Miss Expo Events
Pizza Today on the Road: Galactic Pizza Minneapolis, Mn
Pizza Today on the Road: King Dough Bloomington, in
Preferred Supplier
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Mike’s Monthy Tip
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Expo Spotlight
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Interact
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Man on the Street
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Tony’s Trending Recipe
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - At Your Service
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Destinations
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Family Friendly
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Flavored Pasta
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Dried Herbs
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Food Cost Basics
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Five Can’t-Miss Expo Events
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Pizza Today on the Road: Galactic Pizza Minneapolis, Mn
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Pizza Today on the Road: King Dough Bloomington, in
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Preferred Supplier
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