How To Quickly Defrost Frozen Dough

Bowl of frozen dough

You are having family and friends over for a special dinner to celebrate. You think you have planned the perfect dinner: the chicken is already in the oven roasting; the gravy is just the way you like it, not too thin, not too thick; the apple pie is already making your kitchen smell like cinnamon and spice by just standing there and cooling on the counter-top; and the bread smells like-wait! You forgot the bread! And the frozen dough is still in the freezer! This is a disaster! 

Do not panic. There is still time to make freshly baked bread. In an ideal situation, frozen dough should be removed from the freezer and placed in warmer parts of your refrigerator to thaw, at least the night before your special dinner party. Not only is the ideal way, but it is also the safest way. Doing this ensures that you do not compromise the quality of the dough or attract pathogens. But if you are pressed for time, there are two quick and easy ways to defrost frozen dough. Here's how to do both:

Thawing Frozen Dough in a Microwave Oven 

  1. Take the frozen dough out from your freezer, unwrap it, and put it in a microwavable bowl.

  1. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and poke several holes in the plastic using the tip of a knife or your fork. Frozen dough doubles in size when you thaw it. The plastic wrap will hold the dough in place as you thaw it. 

  1. Put the bowl in the microwave oven and hit "Defrost" for two minutes. Let your dough rest for five minutes after this. You can leave it inside the microwave oven if you like.

  1. Defrost your dough for another minute, and let it rest for five minutes. 

  1. Take the dough out of the microwave oven. This time, your dough should be warm and soft to the touch. Knead the dough to soften lumps and to make sure that the dough is completely thawed out. Be careful not to over knead because this will make your bread hard. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes after kneading before baking it.

Thawing Frozen Dough in a Conventional Oven

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. While waiting for it to reach that temperature, take out the frozen dough from your freezer, unwrap it, and arrange it on a baking pan.

  1. Turn off the oven once it reaches the desired temperature. Quickly, take a baking pan half-filled with water, and put it on the lowest rack of the oven. The water will help hasten the thawing process and keep moisture in the oven.

  1. Get the baking pan with your arranged frozen dough, and put it in the middle rack of the oven. Leave it there for about 10 to 25 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.

Voila! You now have dough in just a few minutes. Impress your family and friends with freshly-baked dinner rolls, focaccia, or a loaf.


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