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Pastry Dough Hardness

Situation

short crust pastry penetration testLarge scale commercial bakery identified a requirement to measure dough hardness as a predictor to process performance in rotary moulder and plug former.

Dough texture and firmness was identified as critical characteristic to processing performance. If dough were too soft it would stick to mould and plug former. If too hard it would not fill mould & crack on crimping.

 

Method

Three replicate penetration tests on sample taken from dough mixer.
Dough was pressed into standard sized container to maximise reproducibility.

short crust pastry penetration forces graph

  • Identified process & ingredient variables, which affect dough texture
  • Upper and lower limits for variables established
  • Troubleshooting check list formed to rectify out of spec dough
  • Quality standards set for good and bad dough

Results

• Reduced downtime
• Reduced product wastage due to out of spec dough reaching production line

 pastry penetration forces bar chart for various types

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The University of Arizona’s Nutritional Sciences Food Lab acquired a Texture Analyzer from Food Technologies about 5 years ago. The company has a great product, which is tailored to food needs. 

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Patricia Sparks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice
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My first contact with FTC was through buying texture analyzer equipment as my area of interest is Rheology. We faced a problem operating the appliance. The company tried hard to help us through the internet, but the University thought it was better to send me to the company branch located in England. I received a highly advanced training course for 10 days free of charge. They provided me with programs that operate the equipment along with the information needed.

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Professor Hoda El-Zeini, Dairy Science and Agriculture University - Cairo, Egypt
Professor
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As a seasonal vegetable processor, understanding crop maturity and the accuracy of this measurement is key to staying ahead of crop and knowing when to make the move from value to premium product as harvest time constraints permit.

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