Bread and pizza questions
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I was just wondering if I can freeze bread dough? I've just started baking bread from scratch and my family loves it, but ylove it best when it is freshly hot. Right now I'm making white bread because that's all we'll eat. Anytime during the process, can I freeze the dough? I'm using my kitchen aid mixer and by hand, no bread machine.
Janice, thanks for asking! I think freshly made bread dough can be frozen and thawed and baked later, but I have never done it. I'm hoping there's a reader who can answer your question for me! :) Has anyone done this? :) We like fresh, warm homemade bread, so I often warm the leftovers in the oven for the next meal. :)
Wendy wrote with a similar question:
I am going to try to make the pizza dough tonight from your video. I was wondering if I could make the dough, let it sit and then refrigerate until dinner time. I don't want to affect the taste or texture, so I thought I would ask.
Again, I've never done this myself. However, the pizza dough recipe is pretty flexible and still tastes great. For example, on occasion I have made the dough and let it rise, but for whatever reason was unable to make it into a pizza crust within an hour or so. (There is an optional first-rise for about 60 minutes, which I sometimes do, sometimes don't!) Even after setting for an hour and a half, I just punched it down and made it into pizza crust. It tasted great!
One thing I will mention, though, is that if your dough is cold (from the refrigerator) when you press it onto the pan, you should let the crust set in a warm place for a bit (15-30 minutes) before baking. Otherwise, your dough will go into the oven cold and won't rise much (if any) while baking. :)
I have a bread machine which I haven't used in years and I've never used the dough setting. Will the machine let me know when it's ready? And where do I restart the directions? Do I take the dough out and then put it in a bowl to rise?Also, I need to know more about a pizza pan to buy. What have you found to work the best?
Do you think your pizza dough could be made using whole wheat flour? And your other recipes...like your chicken pot pie?