Making bread

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juls1uk

Making bread

Hi I wondered if a anyone knows if I could make bread in two steps? Make it and the prove it, then freeze it. Then defrost, shape it and bake it? Would it work?

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Queen of Puds

Freezing bread dough

Hmm, no idea. It sounds complicated & I have never done it, but why don't you cut off a roll sized piece of dough next time you're making some bread, & test the theory? Then at least you aren't wasting the entire recipe if it goes wrong?

My chief concern would be that the freezing would kill the yeast, but as you can buy frozen or part baked bread, it must surely be possible, although whether that would be because manufacturers have blast freezers & chemicals to hand, they may have the scientific advantage. Have you googled it? I'll have a quick look ....

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Queen of Puds

Freezing bread dough

The advice varies. Most say you can, but that you need to use ordinary yeast, not fast action. Suggestions also include adding extra yeast. Most pages say to use within 3 months. Some say to shape before freezing, some after. Looks like a bit of an experiment is required - some had success one time, but not next.

I think it sounds too risky if you want it for something special unless you have time to perfect the technique beforehand ... I would be more inclined to make the dough but allow the slower rising method, shape & leave it in a cool place overnight, then just bake when you are ready the following day. But do post bak if you try it & it works!

 
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