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Can I save bread dough that was uncovered in the refrigerator?

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midogo1216

Can I save bread dough that was uncovered in the refrigerator?

I left my bread dough to rise in the refigerator overnight, the lid came off and the surface of the dough has dried out.  Can I save it by spraying it with oil/water?

 

 

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Mini Oven

directly on the dough.  Cover & chill.  That usually does it.  Give it some time to soften up.  

One can also spray and invert (flip dry crusties down) into a bowl and then cover for a half hour longer in the fridge.  Check on progress by lifting the edge. 

Good Luck  :)

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hanseata

She is a well of bread wisdom!

This bread explosion happened to me a few times, too. Apart from dealing with the dried dough afterwards, I would also recommend reducing the amount of yeast in the recipe, so that it can't happen again.

Happy baking,

Karin

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Mini Oven

Yup, that's happened to me too, the trick with that is not to nail down the lid.  Sit the lid on the dough bowl lightly (right or upside-down) or burp the corner and leave the edge turned up so gas can escape.  A tiny strip of dry paper towel or serviette in the rim can also break the seal.  

If you have one of those lock boxes with the separate "O-ring" (in the lid) remove it carefully with a blunt point before locking the lid down.   

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midogo1216

Thanks Mini and Karin for all the tips. The wet towel worked perfectly! I clamped that lid on tight without even thinking. It was late at night. :)