How long is overnight? 8 hours?

I'm looking at a biscuit recipe that says I have to chill the dough overnight--I guess, assuming that the biscuit is for breakfast. What if I want to have it in the evening?

  • Posted by: wietje
  • September 1, 2012


Benny September 2, 2012
It can depend on the recipe. What you should do (now and in the future), is determine why it is sitting in the fridge in the first place. In the case of biscuits, you want the butter to be cold and hard so that it doesn't mix into the rest of the dough. That way, the butter steams up and assists the baking powder in leavening. It helps create a layered, flaky biscuit. Honestly, I would tell you that you would be fine with 2-4 hours in this case.

Other recipes may require longer rest periods, like in the case of some yeast bread doughs as mentioned above. Other things just get better the longer they hang out in the refrigeration and, again, the choice is up to you. The best thing is to know WHY it needs to sit in the fridge and you can determine exactly how important the amount of time is.
cec75 September 2, 2012
A lot of recipes say overnight for bread because they want the gluten to relax. Allow an joe in the fridge , proof and bake as you otherwise would.
wietje September 2, 2012
Thank you all. In sum: it does not have to be "overnight" really--just 7 to 12 hours, e.g., from 7 am to 7 pm or vice versa. Makes sense to me.
susan G. September 1, 2012
From the time you put it in the fridge until the next day.
Merrill S. September 1, 2012
I think of "overnight" as being at least 7 hours, and up to 12.
wietje September 1, 2012
Cookbookchick: Thank you.
cookbookchick September 1, 2012
Eight hours should be fine.
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