Your questions answered: Freezing baked goods
From my inbox, Bethanie writes:
I have some questions about freezing baked goods. I'm planning on having a baking day, and storing up. Any advice would be great! Thanks!
When thawing out sweet breads, do you put it in the refrigerator or just set it out on the counter?
I thaw mine on the counter, wrapped. If you leave the bread in the bag until it's up to room temperature, the condensation forms on the bag and not on your bread! :)
For freezing bagels, I slice them before I freeze them. That way, I can easily separate the halves while still frozen and just pop a frozen one in the toaster whenever I want one. :)
How well does cookie dough freeze, and how do you package it? Where do you let it thaw?
Cookie dough freezes really well!
You can make a long log of dough, and wrap it in waxed paper and then foil. Those cookies would need to be sliced before baking. I slice mine while the dough is still frozen, and bake them without thawing first. Just adjust the baking time if they aren't quite done as quickly as usual. :)
You can also line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and drop the dough onto the sheet. Place the sheet in the freezer and when the cookie dough is frozen, put the (unbaked) cookies in a freezer bag and use as needed.
Can you freeze muffins, and how do you package those? Are they as good when they thaw?
I have tried freezing muffins, just wrapped in plastic wrap, but they are so much better fresh -- and fairly quick to make -- that I don't freeze them. At least, that was my experience.
Can you freeze bread dough, like for example french bread dough?
Yes, you can -- though I am not experienced in this myself. See this post for some readers' input on freezing bread dough! :)
Can you freeze cakes? (Like before you frost them.)
I'm guessing you could, though I have never tried this! I just know that banana bread freezes wonderfully. :D
My main "problem" with frozen breads, cookies, etc. is that they just never last very long!! Way too handy. :P :)
What do you think, dear readers? Any advice or tips for Bethanie? :)