Dough preparation for any bakery is essential for making a quality baked good. When baking moves to an industrial scale, dough preparation is more challenging yet just as important. Preparing dough at an industrial scale is about consistency and efficiency. Today’s new and used industrial dough preparation equipment is designed to make dough for your line effectively while allowing your bakery to get a quality product to market with a low operating cost.
Dough Mixing and Kneading
The first step in dough preparation is dough mixing and kneading. This is an important step to creating the correct mixing amount, air entrainment, and consistency. To increase efficiency, industrial mixing equipment automates as many steps of this process as possible to enable high-speed mixing capabilities. This includes the steps of kneading where the dough is pressed, sometimes in a chilled bowl, to increase performance. Some equipment also includes the ability to detect faults and alert operators of any anomalies quickly.
Dough dividing, rounding, and proofing
Once the dough is created, it then has to be prepared for the make-up line where the filler, folding, and decorating will be performed. This begins with a dough divider, such as the Benier 6 Pocket Dough Divider. These evenly divided pieces are then rounded, which must be consistent to help ensure that subsequent equipment can properly handle each piece. This is often done by repositioning the dough ball several times against forming surfaces to improve rounding.
The dough is then proofed. Proofing can be done as a manual step or using a tray or spiral proofer. The proofer will precisely control the temperature and humidity over the specified period of time to proof the dough. Proofing equipment uses sophisticated technology to create a balance of heat and steam to create a quality dough.
Dough preparation systems are designed to minimize cost of ownership. This means that they should be consistent and easy to operate. Technologies such as non-stick coatings and hygienic design allow for equipment to run for longer and make cleaning faster and easier. Other design improvements include using corrosion-free materials such as stainless steel and synthetic, food grade materials. These innovations have allowed industrial bakeries to deliver exceptional baked goods at affordable prices throughout the world.
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