We’re Crust Obsessed

Welcome to the pizza hub, the crust source you can trust.

A lot has changed this past year, but one thing hasn’t - consumers still love pizza. As you pivot to meet the new challenges of foodservice, we can help tap into that love and make your crust the best it can be. We’re more than a leading source of trusted flour brands, mixes and custom solutions - we’re a comprehensive resource with unparalleled technical expertise, R&D innovation, and long-term pricing stability, and we’re ready to help you grow and succeed.

Helping Your business thrive

Learn how we can help your operation.

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Find the right flour for your pizza style

Pizza flours you can count on for consistent performance, texture, and taste.

From classics like New York and Chicago style to artisan specialties like Neapolitan and Detroit style, we offer a broad and diverse portfolio of pizza flours for every style you’re serving.

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Troubleshooting Tips

We offer helpful resources and insights as well as technical support, training and troubleshooting. Here’s a look at some of the most common dough and crust issues and recommended solutions.

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Click on a common dough issue for troubleshooting solutions and tips.

Inconsistent Dough

Inconsistent dough is often the result of varying temperature, whether from ingredients, bakery equipment or the ambient temperature of the bakery or pizzeria. Calculating your desired dough temperature (DDT) is integral to efficiency.

Problem: Dough rises too fast

Possible Reasons

  • High yeast activity

Solutions to Consider

  • Decrease dough temperature
  • Refrigerate dough during fermentation
  • Decrease sugar
  • Increase salt
Problem: Dough is not rising fast enough

Possible Reasons

  • Slow yeast activity

Solutions to Consider

  • Check yeast quality/handling
  • Allow for a bench rest before a refrigerated fermentation
  • Increase dough temperature
  • Increase sugar
  • Increase yeast
  • Decrease salt
Problem: Dough elasticity is lacking

Possible Reasons

  • Gluten development

Solutions to Consider

  • Does the type of flour fit the desired outcome?
  • Adjust mix time for desired gluten development
  • Refrigerate dough for a longer fermentation period
  • Increase bench rest time prior to baking

Crust Characteristics

Crust characteristics are largely determined by the dough formulation, cooking environment and the steps taken prior to baking.

Problem: Crust is too dark

Possible Reasons

  • Pizza is overbaked
  • Oven temperature too low
  • Ingredient balance

Solutions to Consider

  • Increase oven temperature and reduce bake time
  • Consider toppings that cook faster
  • Decrease sugar or other browning ingredients
Problem: Crust texture is soft, doughy or soggy

Possible Reasons

  • Oven temperature not appropriate
  • Wrong type of flour was used for pizza style
  • Toppings are overly wet
  • Crust is under baked

Solutions to Consider

  • Increase oven temperature
  • Use a type of flour that is higher in protein
  • Reduce amount of sauce or moisture of toppings
Problem: Crust has large bubbles

Possible Reasons

  • Dough is under proofed
  • Dough is too wet prior to baking
  • Yeast is too active
  • Dough temperature is too cold prior to baking

Solutions to Consider

  • Increase proof time
  • Decrease hydration
  • Decrease yeast
  • Dock the dough
  • Allow the dough to warm up to room temperature before baking

Contact Ardent Mills

Whether you want to request a sample, find out where to source our products today, learn more about our product offerings and custom solutions, or fix a dough problem, we’re here for you. Just fill out this form to get started, and we’ll be in touch.

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