Crumbling Pastry Dough

Have you ever defrosted dough (in the fridge) and then had it completely crumble apart? (It was a little like a sci-fi movie, the way it just completely crumbled apart...)

Did it lose moisture in the freezer? Can I add more water and bring it back together?

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hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour April 1, 2012

I'be not had that happen. You have nothing to lose at this point, so definitely try to rescue it by kneading a little water in. Work the dough as little as possible to minimize gluten formation.

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chef of the future 2000

I doubt you can save it if it's that far gone. But give it a try you will toss it anyway so nothing to lose.

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boulangere
boulangere April 1, 2012

It sounds like your hunch is correct, and it dehydrated in the freezer. It's not too unusual if something isn't sealed really, really well. For the price of some water, go ahead and try to save it, but as hla, recommends, work it minimally.

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