As a busy mum, A freezer is one of my best friend s! It helps save on waste and therefore cost of food, And having frozen baked items ready to bake can save you so much time!
Here are my top hacks for freezing baked goods in dough form...
With all batter/dough types, I would recommend squeezing our an extra air in the package, allowing some headspace, and sealing it well - an airtight box is fine. Freeze items for a maximum of three months for best tasting baking!
Please note: I always bake fresh and I DO NOT freeze cake batter before baking - this blog is purely for interest and hopefully to help someone with their own baking/time management.
Can you freeze Cake batter?
You can, it's totally possible, but you may have to experiment with which recipes work best. Traditional cakes which need a good rise (e.g. Victoria Sponge) don't work so well - stick to muffin mix - and avoid recipes with creamed butter and sugar; your cakes may be a little deflated upon baking, if you don't. Avoid recipes using whipped egg whites - no chiffon cakes!! Also, oil based (as opposed to butter based) cakes freeze better, and be sure not to add any ingredients to the thawed mix before baking as this can also affect the rise.
Top tip: Use a disposable paper liner to line the tin or a foil tray you can recycle after use, as freezing mix straight into a tin makes it hard to pop out for thawing and baking later.
On a similar note: I don't recommend making up the batter and leaving it in the fridge for baking later. The cake will be so much better for baking immediately, and it will prevent separation.
I may only bake cakes for you guys, but I do bake cookies and bread occasionally for family. If you need some tips on freezing this kind of batter, keep reading!
Can you freeze cookie dough?
Maybe your recipe is ENORMOUS and you want to freeze some cookie dough for quick access at a later date? Great idea!
Stay away from liquidy batter, and wrap the dough in greaseproof paper. If freezing in balls or shapes, make sure the portions don't touch each other in the container.
Top Tip: Shortbread mix freezes especially well, as does peanut butter or chocolate chip cookie dough.
Can you freeze bread dough?
Sometimes it's very handy to have bread dough ready to bake 'as fresh' in the freezer...
Freezing bread dough does however affect its texture. Once baked, it can either be fluffy and soft, or a dense, flat bread, as is the cased when some of the yeast is killed off in the process.
Bread dough can freeze a little longer than cake or cookie mix, up to four months, but no longer, and unlike the other two mix types, you can store it in the fridge before baking it. Make sure you shape the bread into your desired style before freezing, and again, don't add any ingredients after thawing. Wrap in greased clingfilm or greaseproof paper and, when needed, allow to thaw slowly for several hours (ideally overnight).
Top Tip: Add extra yeast to the mix to help with the rise when baking.
I hope this helps - don't blame me if you now have no space in your freezer because it's full of batter and dough!
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