Pizza Crust Trends on the Rise

Pizza Crust Trends on the Rise
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From flatbread to focaccia, cauliflower to canotto-style, the base of a pizza is just as important as fresh, unique toppers. The LloydPans innovation team scoured the U.S. trend circuit to see what dough trends are hot with pizzaiolos this year, and we’re impressed with the thought, skill and determination that it took for the doughs that made our list.

Focaccia Dough Fusion
Focaccia bread has been popular in Italian cuisine for centuries, while focaccia pizza crust has its own rich history. Fusing the two blends together — focaccia as a pizza crust, is being experimented with in new ways. As American consumers and pizza makers alike are getting more experimental with pizzas, the idea of using focaccia as the base is gaining traction, as people are looking for thicker, more flavorful crusts than traditional thin crusts have to offer.


Focaccia’s oily, flavorful, fluffy texture provides a robust flavor and chewy texture, and it can hold heavier toppings and ingredients that may not hold up well on a thin crust.


Example: Focaccia di Recco-inspired flatbread by @bobluvsrum was baked on a LloydPans Flatbread Pan and served with sliced meatballs, marinara and sliced heirlooms.


Yogurt Dough
Better-for-you dough brand Yough is inspiring pizza makers to hit the dairy aisle. The two-ingredient dough is made with nonfat strained cultured Greek yogurt and organic wheat flour, catering to consumers who may have health-related dietary restrictions. The company says that the formula is inspired by TikTok recipes that have gone viral, and the dough offers lower calories and carbs in addition to a high protein content.


Example: 

@FeedInc and @alexandrawisbey shared their yogurt dough recipe: 2 cups self-raising flour plus 1 cup yogurt. If using gluten-free flour, adding some baking powder can be worthwhile. Knead for about 8 minutes.


Eat Your Veggie Dough
Vegetable pizza doughs are a nutritious approach to traditional wheat-based pizza crusts. They offer a way to reduce carbs, increase fiber and add nutrients overall. Further, a veggie mix offers unique flavors and colors, many of which are globally inspired. However, veggie pizza crusts can have different textures from classic dough, so if you’re open to experimentation and innovation, trying out these veggie pizza crusts may be perfect for your menu: 

  • Cauliflower 
  • Zucchini 
  • Sweet potato
  • Beet
  • Spinach or kale
  • Broccoli

Example: We loved the low-carb gluten-free zucchini pizza crust from @elavegan.com. It contains just five simple ingredients and a simple zucchini base. Pizza makers can shape this pizza any way you like, and of course there’s a number of LloydPans that would work perfectly for this type of pizza crust.


What crust trend are you working with in your kitchen? DM the @LloydPans team on Instagram, and you may be featured in an upcoming blog!

Headline photo credit: @bobluvsrum

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