How to Cook Frozen Bread

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Fresh dough ready for baking. (Image: Magone/iStock/Getty Images)

Frozen bread is a convenient way to enjoy the taste of freshly baked bread. You can also make and then freeze the dough to keep it fresh until you are ready to use it. Store-bought frozen bread usually comes in two varieties: self-rising dough and ready-to-bake bread. Once baked, you can use the bread for toast topped with melted butter, on sandwiches, or as a side to hearty soups.

Self-Rising Dough

Step 1

Remove the frozen dough from the freezer and cover it in plastic wrap.

Step 2

Place the frozen dough in the refrigerator the night before you intend to bake it. The dough will rise as it is defrosting; thawing in the refrigerator is the preferred method to avoid bacteria or food-borne illnesses.

Step 3

Thaw the plastic-wrapped dough on the counter for three to five hours if you do not want to wait until the next day to eat the bread. The dough will rise as it defrosts.

Step 4

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 5

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and position the dough in the middle of the sheet.

Step 6

Bake the bread for 15 to 20 minutes or until the outside turns golden brown in color.

Step 7

Cool the bread on a wire rack after it is finished baking. Do not leave the bread on the hot baking tray or the bottom will continue to cook and possibly burn.

Ready-to-Bake Bread

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place the bread on the baking sheet.

Step 3

Bake the bread for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it turns golden brown in color. Cooking times may vary depending on the oven and the size of the loaf of bread; larger loaves can take longer to cook than smaller varieties.

Step 4

Cool the bread on a wire rack after it is finished baking.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic wrap

  • Baking tray

  • Non-stick cooking spray

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