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May 26, 2011 12:59 PM

Yeast dough, can I refrigerate it for 2 nights?

What I would like to do is to make a yeast dough on Friday afternoon, leave it in the refrigerator overnight, take it out on Saturday evening, roll it out, fill it as a coffee cake (babka), let it rise overnight again and bake it very early on Sunday morning.

(I sometimes make a double batch of pizza dough, refrigerate half, and shape it into a loaf of Italian bread for dinner. Very time-efficient, but that's only 24 hours in the fridge, and I get somewhat less rise than I get with fresh dough. This would be a second night in the fridge for a shaped, filled sweet dough)

Any opinions on whether this would work?

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  1. maybe, but I'd be worried that your yeast would run out of food and leave you with a weird spongey mass that won't rise very well.

    1. It'll work. In fact, (textually) it'll probably turn out better than usual. Cold just means slower/less activity by our little friends. But, that's usually a good thing (as long as you're not in a hurry). Next time you go for pizza, try going for 48 or even 72 hours.

      1. it will work. i made cinnabuns last night and it is right now sitting in the fridge so i can bake it off tonight for the office.
        any longer than 2 days, i would recommend freezing it.

        yum. babka. it's been a few years since i've made it. mm. so good~~

        1. Thank you. I'll report back on the results, and save a slice for jeniyo.

          1. 48 hours in the fridge isn't a problem.

            Tonight I made pizza with a dough that had been in the fridge for 10 days and it baked perfectly. I had to knead in a bit of flour but the yeast were very alive and the taste was close to a sourdough.