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How to Freeze Bread Dough



Bread Dough

Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Get a head start on your baking by freezing bread dough to bake later.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Varies by recipe

Here's How:

  1. Make your bread dough, according to the recipe that you're using, and allow it to go through the first rise.
  2. Punch the dough back down. Then, form it into a ball, and place it in a freezer bag; or shape it into loaves (in loaf pans) or rolls (on a cookie sheet). Both methods work well, so choose whichever works best for you.
  3. Place your dough in the freezer. If you chose to shape your dough into loaves or rolls, transfer the dough to freezer bags after it's completely frozen.
  4. To Use: Simply transfer your dough to the refrigerator, and allow it to thaw overnight. Then, continue on with the normal second rise and baking time that your recipe calls for.


  1. Make rolls in bulk to pull out of the freezer as needed
  2. Get a head start on your holiday baking by freezing dough for all of your favorite breads and rolls
  3. Keep a few loaves of frozen dough on hand for quick bake hostess gifts

What You Need:

  • Bread Dough
  • Freezer Bags
  • Loaf Pans
  • Cookie Sheets
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