Tired of sticky dough, flour covered counters, and frustration when rolling out pastry, bread or rolled sugar cookies dough? If so, here are some handy dandy solutions to make dough rolling a breeze. Treat yourself to the perfect solution that will work best for you and your kitchen needs.
What does rolling dough in baking mean?
Recipes like pie pastry, pizza crust, cinnamon buns, and rolled sugar cookies call for the dough to be rolled. “Rolling dough” means that the dough is stretched out on a surface and flattened with a rolling pin to acheive a uniform desired thickness.
Common Problems when Rolling out Dough
I recently shared a reel on Instagram of my family favorite rolled sugar cookie recipe, and promptly received a whole bunch of the same question,
“What are you rolling your dough out on?”
In answering the question, I discovered many people have lots of dough rolling problems and concerns. Here are some of them:
- The idea of rolling dough directly on countertops doesn’t seem sanitary enough for some people. (no judging here!)
- “Flour all over the counter is nothing short of a mess”, one lady commented.
- Tile countertops don’t provide a flat enough surface for rolling dough.
- Tiny kitchen countertops aren’t big enough to roll dough on.
- Dough tends to want to stick to whatever surface it is being worked on.
Tools for Dough Rolling to make it easier
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I found a facebook post recently with over 600 answers to what to roll dough on. Honestly, I learned a lot of things reading through those answers.
Below are some of the items I discovered that would make excellent dough rolling tools.
Pastry Cloth and Rolling Pin Cover Set
A pastry cloth and rolling pin cover is hands down my favorite rolling dough tool. I own 2 sets. One was my Grandma’s, and one was my Mom’s. Clearly, they are antiques now, and I just couldn’t live without them. The good news is, you can still buy pastry cloth sets on Amazon. (Here is a pastry cloth set similar to mine.)
What is a pastry cloth set? A pastry cloth is a thick, canvas-like cloth that is set on the counter or table top. Flour is worked into the cloth by sprinkling it on the top and rubbing it in with your hand. It provides a non stick surface for any type of dough. It comes with a rolling pin cover that is a soft flexible fabric that slips over a rolling pin (I have my Mom’s wooden rolling pin). The rolling pin cover, too, is prepped by rubbing flour into it, so dough doesn’t stick as you roll.
How do you wash/ store a pastry cloth set? A pastry cloth set is washable. However if there is no dough stuck on it, there is no need to wash it after every use. It can be shaken out, folded and stored in a ziplock bag the fridge or freezer (to prevent bacterial growth) between uses. I don’t wash mine until 3-4 uses.
For more helpful information on pastry cloth, here is a resource you might be interested in:
Video of using a pastry cloth
I compiled some clips I did for a sugar cookie class on my Instagram into a video. You can watch how I use a pastry cloth for rolling out sugar cookie dough here:
The same basic method would work for rolling out all types of dough – like pastry dough, pizza dough, and bread dough for cinnamon rolls.
General Tips for Rolling Dough Smoothly
No matter what type of surface you choose to roll dough on, you will first need to sprinkle it lightly with flour before placing the dough on it.
Throughout the rolling process you may need to sprinkle on more flour under and on top of the dough, ensuring it doesn’t start to stick to either the surface you’re rolling on or the rolling pin.
You can refer to the video above to watch how I roll out sugar cookie dough. (Sidenote, I roll my sugar cookie dough with flour, but some people prefer to use powdered sugar since it is a sweet dough.)
Other dough rolling tools, tips, & tricks
Do you have a favorite dough rolling tool that I haven’t mentioned? If so, please list it in the comments below. We all love to learn new tried and true kitchen tips and tricks!