Freeze yeast dough - for spontaneous baking without waiting

Freeze yeast dough - for spontaneous baking without waiting

Which yeast dough can be frozen?

Yeast dough is a versatile expert in the kitchen. Bread, pizza or even a sweet cake can be conjured up from it. The following applies to freezing: Regardless of whether it is sweetened or unsweetened yeast dough, it can always be put in the freezer.

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Freeze the yeast dough immediately or let it rise first?

If possible, yeast dough intended for the freezer should not rise beforehand. This step of preparation should better be done after thawing. If an already risen yeast dough is left over, access to the freezer is still not blocked. This dough can also be frozen, but its consistency will be a bit sticky.

How to prepare yeast dough

  1. Prepare a yeast dough according to the recipe.
  2. Finish kneading the dough and then roll it out on a floured surface.
  3. Divide the dough into desired portion sizes. You can of course also roll up the entire yeast dough and freeze it in one piece.
  4. Put the flat pieces of yeast dough in freezer bags or cans. Above all, the suitable container can be hermetically sealed.
  5. Label the freezer containers with content, quantity and date.
  6. Freeze the yeast dough immediately.

Freeze pizza dough

Pizza dough can be wonderfully frozen and quickly transformed into a delicious pizza after defrosting. This is still better than a ready-made pizza or ready-made dough from the supermarket. This mostly contains additives that don't have to be.

To make pizza preparation even faster later, the pieces of dough should be rolled out in a pizza shape before freezing and frozen separated from each other with baking paper.


Frozen yeast dough can be processed further within 6 months.


Plan the further use of the yeast dough in good time so that the yeast dough has enough time to defrost and rise.

  • Get the desired amount from the chest if necessary
  • Thaw in a bowl in the refrigerator
  • thawing can take several hours
  • The dough should be covered with a cloth


Take the yeast dough out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then you can start baking immediately the following day.


Thawed yeast dough can be processed like fresh dough. The recipe simply continues with the next step “walking”.

Conclusion for quick readers

  • Yeast dough: Whether unsweetened or sweetened, yeast dough is always easy to freeze
  • Time: Freeze the yeast dough only after it has been kneaded, but before it rises
  • Dough that has already risen: It can also be frozen, but is a bit sticky when processed
  • Preparation: prepare the dough according to the recipe; finish kneading; Roll out on a floured surface
  • Portioning: Divide the yeast dough into suitable portion sizes depending on how it will be used
  • Freezing: hermetically sealed in freezer bags or cans; labeled with content, amount and date
  • Pizza dough: roll out the dough to make pizza bases; Separate them with baking paper and freeze
  • Shelf life: Yeast dough can be frozen for 6 months
  • Thawing: Covered in a large bowl; Put in the refrigerator for several hours
  • Tip: Let the dough thaw overnight in the refrigerator so you can start baking immediately the following day
  • Further processing: Use thawed yeast dough like fresh dough according to the recipe

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