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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. 

We have used the Texture Analyzer for both research projects and as a tool to demonstrate to students how food manufacturers can employ objective testing in product evaluation to show how differing ingredients in the same product can affect quality attributes. Its use adds another dimension to the foods labs.

Drew Lambert has been instrumental in helping with set up for testing and providing support whenever there’s a question. He has been a pleasure to work with and is always accommodating with our needs and schedules.  He has even sent us special attachments for special projects.  We couldn’t ask for a better technical support.  Thanks for a great product and great service.

Patricia Sparks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice
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