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Key Differences Between Par-baked Crusts and Dough Balls

May 4 2016 by Nick Charles

Par-baked-crusts-vs-dough-balls.jpgOperators looking to infuse their menus with creative, profitable pies often choose par-baked crusts (including flatbreads) and dough balls. Each product offers versatility, texture and customization options that allow for tailored shapes, sizes and flavor profiles to fit your needs and proprietary recipes.

These attributes are the beginnings of a great pie, but which product best fits your needs? It can be a tough call, but taking a closer look at the differences between par-baked crusts and dough balls in terms of operational requirements and performance characteristics may provide some answers.

Operational Requirements

Par-baked crusts and dough balls each provide unique characteristics to your operation. 

Par-baked crusts are difficult to beat for convenience:

  • Low labor investment – no proofing or special staff training required
  • Easy preparation – perfect for high demand, fast-paced operations
  • Very long shelf life – can be held frozen or refrigerated

Hand-Tossed Style Crusts

Dough balls work well for signature pies:

  • Longer labor investment – staff needs to be trained on proper proofing and dough handling techniques, including rollouts and docking
  • Hands-on preparation – prepare dough in advance for busy rush times
  • Oven versatility – superior performance in deck, brick or wood-fired, and conveyor ovens

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It’s important to note that both par-baked crusts and dough balls need sufficient freezer and refrigerator space. Pay careful attention to best handling practices to maximize the performance and shelf life of both types of dough/crust. 

Performance Characteristics

Making the most appealing pizzas depends heavily on the crust. Application matters for both par-bakes and dough balls.

Par-baked crusts (and flatbreads) are great choices for:

  • Shareable appetizers
  • Crispy and flaky thin crust pizzas
  • Take-and-bake pizzas

Dough balls (particularly the Dough Shop® by A&K line) are ideal for:

  • Calzones and garlic knots
  • Hand-tossed pizzas
  • Thick/deep-dish pies rested and baked in pans

Taking all of these factors into consideration, you may see the benefits of having par-baked crusts (including flatbreads) AND dough balls on-hand. No need to choose! Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is the dough expert here to help you. Give us a call today at (920) 662-0304.

Learn more about signature crusts using our handy reference guide, The Why and How of Custom Crusts. New Call-to-action

Categories: Pizza Crust, Dough Balls

Nick Charles

Written by Nick Charles

President, Alive & Kickin' Pizza Crust
Nick has been in the pizza dough business for more than 20 years. He heads up the company’s customer development and service (making sure they’re always happy with our product and our processes) and manages the overall business. It’s a big job, and he’s the right guy to do it!