This refrigerator dough white bread recipe is one of my three amazing recipes you can make with refrigerator dough. This simple white bread is perfect to have on hand whether you want a piece of toast in the morning or as a loaf on the dinner table. This recipe is way too easy not to enjoy on any given day.
Refrigerator Dough Cheese Bread and Flat Bread are the other two types of bread I make using the easiest refrigerator dough recipe. One of the wonderful things about all of these bread recipes is that they are ready in under an hour and so easy to do.
White bread found in stores, also known as sandwich bread, is usually made from flour that has been stripped of many nutrients which makes it a less nutrient-dense bread.
Baking a homemade white bread means you do not have to worry about any of the nutrients being taken out. If you use good quality flour and eat your bread with other highly nutritious foods you have nothing to worry about.
Plus the smell of freshly baked bread coming right out of the oven pretty much makes up for anything!
This no-knead yeast bread uses a steaming method to create a beautiful outer crust while leaving the inside soft and tender. If you are fortunate enough to own a dutch oven but have never put it to use, now is the time! If you do not own one, not to worry, with one extra step you will never know the difference.
For the first time baker, this white bread recipe is for you. For the seasoned baker, this recipe is also for you. A simple artisan bread, fresh from the oven, is at your fingertips. Grab your refrigerator dough and get ready to have homemade bread fresh from the oven bread in time for dinner.
How to make refrigerator dough white bread
Remove the dough from the fridge and sprinkle it with a bit of flour. Take the needed amount and put the rest back in the fridge. Quickly form the dough into a ball, cover it and let it rest.
Place the loaf onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm area.
Once the dough is done rising, score the top of the loaf using a sharp knife. Before you preheat the oven, place an oven-safe cake pan on the bottom rack and a baking sheet upside down in the middle rack. You can also use a pizza stone. If you are using a dutch oven, you can skip these steps and just place the dutch oven on the middle rack. Now, preheat your oven!
Pour very hot water OR ice cubes into the cake pan (again this won't apply if you are using a dutch oven) and immediately place your dough onto the baking sheet/pizza stone on the middle rack.
If you are using a dutch oven you will place your loaf directly in it and cover with the lid. Remove lid approximately half-way through bake time.
Once the bread is baked (and your house smells delicious) remove immediately to cool.
What is refrigerator dough?
With four simple ingredients stirred together, this basic recipe is perfect to have on hand as it allows you to keep your dough in the fridge for up to two weeks! No kneading or heavy mixing needed, it is pretty much a hands-off recipe. You use a bit at a time and leave the rest for other loaves.
Why does steam matter?
To get that wonderful outer crust on your loaf, steam is key. Not too much steam however because then you may run into the opposite problem! When you create steam evenly you are able to slow down the forming of the crust, allowing the inside to rise and bake evenly and quickly without being affected by an outer crust that has formed too soon.
Why do I add ice cubes?
Adding the ice cubes to the preheated oven creates steam. They melt and evaporate at just the right time. Once they evaporate and are no longer creating steam this gives the bread a chance to form that lovely outer crust. I recommend using a thick metal dish rather than a glass or ceramic cake pan if you are using ice cubes as the difference in temperatures can cause the dish to crack.
So if you are looking for an easy Homemade Bread Recipe then why not try this Refrigerator Dough White Bread. Enjoy!
Refrigerator Dough White Bread Recipe
- 1 pound refrigerator dough (453 grams)
- Remove the Refrigerator Dough from the fridge, sprinkle the top of the dough with a little flour (1-2 tablespoons) and remove 1 pound (453 grams). Then place remaining dough in the fridge.
- Quickly form the dough into a round loaf. Cover with a towel and let rest 20 minutes, then place the loaf on a parchment paper lined board, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm draft free area for approximately 2 hours. After the time has passed score the bread.
- Before Pre-heating the oven to 425F (220C), place an oven safe cake pan on the bottom of the oven, and a cookie sheet upside down, a pizza stone or even a dutch oven* on the rack in the middle of the oven, then pre-heat.
- Add a cup of very hot (or even boiling water) or 8-10 ice cubes in the cake pan on the bottom of the oven before adding the dough, then quickly place the risen dough and parchment paper on the cookie sheet, pizza stone or in the dutch oven (with lid). Bake for approximately 30 minutes. If using the dutch oven, then after 20 minutes remove the lid and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes.
- Immediately move the bread to a wire rack to cool before serving.