It came to my attention that while I have briefly talked about how to use frozen pizza dough for flat bread, I’ve never actually given the process it’s own center stage. Frozen pizza dough is like gold in your freezer, and it is incredibly easy to thaw quickly in the microwave. There is no need to wait for a solid hour or more for it to thaw out on the counter top. So I wanted to share that information here in it’s own post and it’s own recipe. Hopefully this will help make it more accessible and also take a bit of the fear factor out of using the dough from frozen.
This all started with a blog post about stocking your pantry with easy to make foods, that can be made cheaply, made in bulk, and frozen for storage and easy retrieval later on. For me, the most versatile thing that I make in my kitchen is Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, and unless something terrible happens (like our freezer being such a mess that we can’t possibly see a frozen ball of delicious dough… which has happened…) I always have it in my freezer.
What I do not always have is the hour or more that it can take to allow the dough to leisurely thaw out and come up to room temperature while lounging (the dough, not me) on the kitchen counter. This is especially true in the cold weather months. Instead, we have been graced with the microwave. If, like some of my dear friends, you have no use for the microwave then please by all means use this same recipe to make and freeze the dough. You need to be more organized than I am in order to remember when to pull the dough out to thaw, but judging on the organizational skills of my friends who choose to not use the microwave that isn’t a problem.
But back to our task at hand… Using frozen pizza dough. This is going to be important, since the next post I do will have an amazing Turkish inspired baked tomato and egg dish. You are going to want to make that dish, and you are going to want this easy flat bread to go with it. Trust me. :)
One portion of premade frozen Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (white dough works well for this too!)
If you have lots of time…
- Remove the frozen portion of pizza dough from your freezer and place it on the counter or someplace warm to sit for about an hour to thaw. Once the dough feels slightly chilled, but no longer frozen, use it as described below.
If you don’t have an hour to thaw your dough…
- Remove the frozen portion of pizza dough from your freezer and remove any plastic or other coverings you had it protected in.
- Place the frozen dough on a small, microwave safe plate and “heat” the dough on regular power for 30 seconds.
- Let the dough rest in the microwave undisturbed for about 5 minutes. After the dough has rested give it a gentle poke with your finger in the center to see if it has thawed all the way through. If it still has a large frozen portion in the middle, then heat it again for 30 seconds and let it rest for 5 minutes. Continue doing this until the dough is completely thawed. Be careful since if you heat the dough too much in the microwave the edges will start to cook all the way through. You can still use your dough if this happens, but just know that those edges may get extra firm when you bake the dough.
To Bake Your Dough:
- Roll or stretch your dough to the desired shape and thinness for whatever purpose you desire.
- If you want to be sure that you don’t get too many bubbles forming in the middle of your dough, dock it at this point with a rolling docker or simply poke it all over with the tines of a fork.
- If you want the dough to be used as a flat bread or similar preparation, season the dough with a little olive oil, salt and your favorite dried herb blend and then bake it in a preheated 425 degree oven, checking it after about 10 minutes to ensure that it isn’t browning too quickly. To give it a nice burnishing on the top, switch your oven to broil for the last minute, but watch it like a hawk so that it doesn’t char.
- If you want to use the dough for pizza, simply follow the pizza recipe you have at hand, or check out some of the options here at thesheepareout.com.
Click here for a printable version of the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe.
Click here for a printable version of the Using Frozen Pizza Dough recipe.