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Ready made dough is great to have on hand for just the right occasion. Pre-made dough lets you skip all the prep that comes with making yeast dough. And, with frozen dough in the freezer, home baked goods are easy. If you don’t already do this, you need to start! It’s so easy to pull out ready dough and have it ready for dinner or breakfast with little effort. Keep reading to get the best recipes using frozen bread dough.

We’ve come to love the convenience and reliability that ready made dough offers. By keeping frozen bread dough and rolls in your freezer, you always have some on hand, especially during the holidays. Pull out just a few rolls at a time to have fresh bread rolls (or even a loaf of freshly baked bread) for dinner.

A package of ready-dough ready to use in frozen bread dough recipes

What to make with Ready Made dough

There are so many creative uses for dough from the freezer that you may not have thought about. It’s great to use for casseroles, braided breads, breakfast sandwiches, desserts, bowls for soups, easy cinnamon rolls or sticky buns, monkey bread, pizza dough, and good, old-fashioned dinner rolls.

Learn how to easily thaw frozen dough and rolls in this post.

a wooden board with a frozen bread dough rolls in a round baking dish with a pastry brush and green bowl of melted butter and head of garlic

Frozen Bread Dough Recipes Savory

Let’s start with savory recipes using frozen bread dough. You can use savory bread recipes for sides, appetizers, lunch, or dinner.

There are so many great ways to make them savory including cooking with these ingredients:

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Garlic
  • Cheese
  • Ham
  • Deli meats
  • Pesto
  • Marinara sauce

Here are some super easy recipes that use ready made bread dough:

bread bowls made from frozen bread dough filled with cheeseburger soup
Pumpkin Shaped Bread Bowl
What better way to enjoy a delicious meal of soup, chowder, stew, or chili than in a homemade bread bowl? Learn how to make a soft, yet sturdy pumpkin bread bowl easily with frozen dough. With this amazing recipe you'll serve your soup or dip in style.
Check out this recipe
two bread bowls of cheeseburger soup on a white serving platter
Pesto Cheese Bread Twist on parchment paper with a serving tool
Pesto Cheese Bread Twist
Wow your family and friend with this delicious, savory pesto cheese bread twist. It's the perfect appetizer. Thanks to frozen dough it's easy to make! But, it makes such an impression that no one will ever guess how simple it was to make.
Check out this recipe
Pesto Cheese Bread Twist on parchment paper with a serving tool
white casserole dish of ham and brie pull apart with a serving spoon and a plate of the ham and cheese casserole
Ham & Brie Pull-Apart
This is an easy, overnight dish. You can prepare it ahead of time, keep it in the fridge overnight, and bake it in the morning.
Check out this recipe
easy baked Italian sliders made with frozen dough
Easy to Make Italian Sliders
These Spicy Italian Sliders are the perfect appetizer for game day, tailgating, BBQ, potluck, or any fun event. Who needs an event? They would make a great dinner or lunch, too!
Check out this recipe
easy baked Italian sliders made with frozen dough
Rosemary Garlic Rolls
These super soft, rich and buttery rolls are sure to be the star of dinner. Rosemary, garlic, and butter are brushed on the rolls to create a rich savory roll. With one bite, everyone will love these yummy Rosemary Garlic rolls. You can easily double this recipe.
Check out this recipe

Frozen Bread Dough Recipes Sweet

Baking sweet breads is one of the most satisfyingly delicious ways to use this dough. Some uses for them are breakfast, snack, lunch, or dessert.

Here are some ingredients you can use to make them:

  • Cream cheese
  • Brown sugar
  • Melted butter
  • Jams/jellies
  • Fruit
  • Cinnamon sugar

Here are some amazing recipe ideas for using ready made dough:

French Toast Casserole
Overnight French Toast Casserole
This Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole is a delicious breakfast dish that everyone loves! It features cinnamon french toast, a maple custard inside, and a creamy icing glaze on top. Prep this easy breakfast casserole the night before with frozen dough, and then just bake in the morning when you're ready to enjoy.
Check out this recipe
French Toast Casserole
lemon braided bread loaf on a white platter
Lemon Stuffed Braided Bread
With the ease of frozen bread dough, this simple, easy mock braid looks complicated enough to impress anyone. The center has a rich, lemon curd and cream cheese filling wrapped in braided sweet bread.
Check out this recipe
lemon braided bread loaf on a white platter
a white casserole dish of apple fritter breakfast casserole from remade dough with two silver fluted dishes and a pitcher in the background
Apple Fritter Breakfast Casserole
This Apple Fritter Breakfast Casserole is a delicious breakfast dish that everyone loves! Prep this easy breakfast casserole the night before with frozen dough, and then just bake in the morning when you're ready to enjoy.
Check out this recipe
apple fritter breakfast bake
pumpkin spice bread twist made with ready dough
Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist
Customize this easy Bread Twist Wreath recipe by changing the filling. Your favorite spices, like cinnamon, will work in place of pumpkin pie spice. For a savory version of this bread twist, see notes at the end.
Check out this recipe

Pre-made bread dough FAQ’s

What can I do with frozen bread?

If the bread is already cooked and then frozen, simply thaw the bread and then slice and eat it or you can use it in another dish. A great example is the Pumpkin Shaped Bread Bowl shown above. Just hollow out the middle, ladle in some soup, and you’ve got a meal.

How do you thaw frozen bread dough?

The fastest way to thaw it is to let it sit, covered, on the counter for a few hours until it has risen and is at room temperature. If you won’t be using it for longer than 3 hours, wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge.

Why won’t my frozen bread dough rise?

There are a couple of reasons why the dough might not rise correctly. First, just-made dough will rise the best since the yeast have just been activated. Second, if your dough is frozen, be sure to thaw it completely on the counter or in the fridge before cooking it. If you cook frozen dough, it won’t rise at all since the yeast had no time to activate and make the bread rise.

How do you use frozen bread dough?

Take a look at the 10 ways to use frozen bread dough shown here for some great ideas!

What happens if you let dough rise too long?

If you let dough rise longer than a few hours on the counter, it will get dry and stiff. After that, it won’t bake correctly. You can leave it in the fridge for up to 48 hours, so there’s little risk of letting it rise too long there.

Here’s my newest recipe from frozen Loaf Bread dough!

pizza crust with salad, spices, and tomatoes

Pizza from frozen dough

pizza crust with salad, spices, and tomatoes
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Pizza from Frozen Bread Dough

Make the easiest pizza crust ever using frozen, pre-made dough. Skip the hassle of making yeast dough Just thaw, shape, and bake. It's that easy!
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Dinner, Pizza, Entree
Cuisine Italian, American
Keyword pizza dough, homemade pizza, frozen dough, frozen pizza dough, pizza dough from bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
thawing and rising 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 2 pizzas
Calories 697kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough (there are 3 loaves in a bag)
  • 1 cup pre-made pizza sauce
  • 2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella
  • 2 cups pepperoni, salami, diced ham or chicken, pineapple, onions,
  • 2 Tbsp fresh herbs basil, thyme, rosemary

Instructions

Thaw frozen dough

  • Let dough thaw overnight in the refrigerator (see here for other ways to thaw frozen dough). Pull it out and set it out on a counter for 30 minutes up a few hours before making pizza. When you’re ready to shape and bake the pizza, preheat the oven to 450ºF.

Shape and stretch the dough

  • Divide the pre-made pizza dough into two. Shape each half into a ball. Use a floured rolling pin to shape the dough into a round crust. Or, shape it by hand by stretching it with your upturned hands to pull the dough from underneath in an outward motion.
  • When the crust is the desired size, transfer it to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and a light drizzle of olive oil.

Pre-bake the crust

  • Bake the bare pizza dough in the oven at 450ºF for 5 minutes. While it is baking, prepare your toppings.
  • Once the dough is ready, take it out and preheat the oven to 500ºF. Add the sauce, dried herbs, cheese, and other toppings to the pizza crust, leaving a 1" edge around. Brush olive oil around the outer crust of the dough, then lightly sprinkle the edges with salt.
  • Bake the pizza at 500º F for 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the edges of the crust are golden. Let the pizza cool for a few minutes before adding fresh herbs, then slice and serve.

Notes

Get tips on  how to thaw pizza dough.
Cooled leftovers can be kept in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Reheat cold pizza in a 350º oven for 5-10 minutes for the best taste and texture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pizza | Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 1760mg | Potassium: 756mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1859IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 663mg | Iron: 4mg

If you are looking for frozen, ready made dough or rolls, my favorite brand to use is Bridgford. Another popular brand is Rhodes Bake N Serve. Look for these brands at your local grocery store or Wal-mart locations.


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