# Pizza Today - October 2019 - 20

DOUGH DR. TOM LEHMANN

Three (.14) is the Magic Number

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How to calculate how much dough you need for ANY size of pizza

ant to calculate the amount
of dough needed to make any
size of pizza? No problem! Just
use of our old friend "pi" to calculate
the surface area of a circle, and
then use that number to develop a
dough density number. It may sound
confusing, but it really isn't. Here is the
way it's done.
Let's say you want to make 12-, 14-,
and 16-inch diameter pizzas, and you
need to know what the correct dough
weight will be for each size. The first
thing to do is to pick a size you want
to work with (any size at all will work).
We'll assume we opted to work with
the 12-inch size. The first thing to do
is to make our dough, then scale and

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ball some dough balls using different
scaling weights for the dough balls.
The idea here is to make pizzas from
the different dough ball weights, and
then, based on the characteristics of
the finished pizza, select the dough
ball weight that gives us the pizza
that we want with regard to crust
appearance, texture and thickness.
Make a note of that weight. For this
example, we will say that 11 ounces of
dough gives us what we were looking
for.
We're now going to find the dough
density number that is all-important
in determining the dough weights for
the other sizes. Begin by calculating
the surface area of the size of pizza you

elected to find the dough weight for.
In this case, it is a 12-inch pizza. The
formula for finding the surface area
of a circle is pi x R squared. Pi equals
3.14, and R is half of the diameter. To
square it we simply multiply it times
itself.
HERE IS WHAT THE MATH LOOKS
LIKE:

3.14 x 6 x 6 (or 36) =
113.04 square inches

To calculate the dough density
number, we will need to divide the
dough weight by the number of square
inches. So, now we have 11 ounces
divided by 113.04 = 0.0973106 ounces
of dough per square inch of surface

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