Packing a punch into your perfect pizza

Ever wanted to add garlic to your crust to give it that little bit of extra flavor but found that you couldn't add it without overpowering everything else or ruining the action of the yeast? 

Well, now a company out of England gives you a way to add not only garlic, but just about any flavor you might want to try.

According to Corinne Page, director of communications for Taste Tech, the flavors are possible because of new technology that has been developed. Using a new controlled-release mechanism, you can now add flavoring to your dough in a powder form. Corinne said that the controlled release system captures essential oils, oleoresin extracts and key ingredients within a microfilm of hardened vegetable oil (or something similar) and transforms them into free flowing powders, which retain all the aromatic flavors of the original spices.

The flavors are designed in such a way that they stay encapsulated until either heated to a certain temperature or are activated in some other way (such as through chewing). Keeping the flavor contained until a certain temperature has been reached allows the yeast activity in your dough to be completed.

"Controlled-release, with regard to use in pizza, would use the cooking process to release the active ingredients," Corinne said. "For example, pizza spice flavoring is a free flowing powder that can be incorporated into the dry mix for the pizza dough or mixed into the pizza topping. The pizza spice flavoring remains intact in the pizza. When the pizza is cooked, the encapsulant melts and releases the pizza spice flavoring directly into the pizza base and/or topping, providing the extra aroma exactly when it is required."

The flavoring should be used at a level between 0.2 and 0.6 percent as flavorings, give or take some, depending on how you want it to taste. A wide variety is available (pizza spice, jalapeno, chili, oregano, basil, black pepper, bread aroma, butter, cheese, garlic, mixed herb, mushroom, onion, pepperoni, pineapple and salami) for pizzeria owners. "The powders can be tailored to suit different product applications by altering the melting point, release mechanism, particle size and flowability," Corinne said.

With a shelf life of six months, the flavored powders give you more freedom to experiment with different tastes and varieties of your dough. Think about how you could expand your menu. Since the flavors don't have to be mixed into the dough, but can be sprinkled on top, you could offer your traditional crust and your customers special order what they want. With this burst of flavor, your customers will come to appreciate your pizza in a whole new way.

You can contact Corinne by phone at 44 117 979 3223, or by email, corinne@creativecomm.co.uk.