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Offline lilbuddypizza

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Can anyone replicate Totino's crust????
« on: March 03, 2011, 05:26:26 PM »
Say what you will, Totino's has a unique and tasty crust in the frozen pizza world. I know they used to make larger 11 or 12 inch frozen pies, but I haven't seen them in years. So my only other solution to fulfillment is to eat 2 of the little ones. Has anyone ever made a crust like Totino's? I can't even imagine how they do it.
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Re: Can anyone replicate Totino's crust????
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2011, 06:20:35 PM »
theres definitely a LOT of oil/shortening/fat in there.   also, a pretty low hydration, probably around 50%    Good luck! 

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Re: Can anyone replicate Totino's crust????
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2011, 07:03:58 PM »
To see the ingredients used to make any of the Totino's frozen pizzas, go to the list of pizzas given at http://www.generalmills.com/Home/Brands/Pizza/Totinos_jenos/Brand%20Product%20List%20Page#{D55FF78B-A3BA-4CD0-B5EC-7E19C7EB73D9}. Two slices (one half of a typical Totino's pizza) will give one about 100% of the total daily requirement of sodium that the government would like to see, or two thirds of the current recommendation.

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Re: Can anyone replicate Totino's crust????
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2011, 08:08:54 PM »
Since General Mills owns the Totino's brand, I would think that a GM flour is used to make the crusts. The closest flour that I can find at the GM flour website, on the Professionals side, is the H&R all-purpose flour at http://www.gmiflour.com/gmflour/Flour_SpecSheet/HR%20%20Bleached14314.DOC, but without any malting.

Interestingly, it appears that all of the Totino's crusts include both dry yeast and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Also, the meat-based pizzas include both sodium aluminum phosphate (SALP) and sodium bicarbonate, along with dry yeast. SALP and sodium bicarbonate are used in a product called WRISE (by The Wright Group) in an oil (palm oil) encapsulated form in take-and-bake and frozen doughs. They kick in during the baking of the pizza. So, if the yeast doesn't perform as desired, the dough will still rise because of the SALP and sodium bicarbonate. The WRISE product is described at http://www.thewrightgroup.net/images/stories/downloads/Wrise-101595_productdatasheet.pdf.

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Re: Can anyone replicate Totino's crust????
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2011, 03:07:41 AM »
Incredible replies!! Thanks!!!

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Re: Can anyone replicate Totino's crust????
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2019, 04:35:06 PM »
I know this is an old thread but i'm so happy someone else asked this question. I strongly dislike the average frozen pizzas that are on the market, but the cheap little Totinos crust has always had a very unique appeal to me. I'm very curious to see if anybody could replicate this as well, and perhaps even further the challenge by figuring out how to make it a little bit healthier... via less sodium and a smarter choice of fats. Logic would tell me that since it's a frozen food product meant to be shelf stable, that if different techniques were employed in a non-flash-frozen version, the same general result could be achieved while employing a better process. I think a working knowledge of pastry baking would be useful here and thats something I know next to nothing about, so I REALLY hope someone picks up this thread and see's if they can figure out how to clone it/upgrade it.
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Re: Can anyone replicate Totino's crust????
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2019, 04:11:34 PM »
Why not just go buy some.... They are stupid cheap. Defrost it a lil and then scrape off their crappy sauce an cheese.... There ya go... Cloned!!   :chef:
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