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Bread vs. Dough: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on September 26, 2023
Bread is a baked food product made from dough, usually containing flour, water, and yeast. Dough is a mixture of flour, water, and often yeast, that is yet to be baked.

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Bread is the result of baking a mixture of flour, water, and other ingredients, while dough is the raw, uncooked blend of those same ingredients. Bread is what you have after the baking process, often characterized by a crusty exterior and softer interior. On the other hand, dough is the pliable, often sticky mass that is shaped and then transformed into bread.
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Sep 18, 2023
Dough serves as the starting point in making bread, pastries, or other baked goods. Bread, in contrast, is the finished product, what we slice for sandwiches or serve as a side with dinner. Dough is generally elastic and can be easily molded, while bread has a set form that can only be altered by cutting or breaking.
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In terms of texture, bread is solid and holds its shape, while dough is malleable and often sticky. Bread can be enjoyed as-is or toasted, while dough requires cooking to be safely and pleasantly consumed.
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Bread often has a complex flavor profile developed during the baking process. Dough, however, has a more basic, starchy taste, as it hasn't undergone the chemical changes that occur during baking. Bread can be eaten independently or used to complement other foods, but dough is typically not consumed until it has been baked into bread or another product.
Sara Rehman
Sep 18, 2023
Bread has many variations—white, whole grain, sourdough, rye, etc., whereas dough is more of a blank canvas, ready to be turned into any of these kinds of bread or other baked items. Bread is often the subject of cultural, historical, and even religious significance, while dough is simply a stage in the journey toward making bread or similar products.
Janet White
Sep 18, 2023
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Comparison Chart

State

Baked
Unbaked
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Texture

Solid, crusty
Pliable, sticky
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Edibility

Ready to eat
Requires cooking
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Flavor

Developed through baking
Basic, starchy
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Variations

Numerous (e.g., white, whole grain)
Generally uniform before baking
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Bread and Dough Definitions

Bread

To cover food in breadcrumbs before cooking.
I will bread the chicken before frying it.
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Sep 18, 2023

Dough

A soft or malleable substance, likened to bread dough.
The playdough is as soft as bread dough.
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Sep 18, 2023

Bread

A baked food made from a mixture of flour, water, and yeast.
I sliced the bread for our sandwiches.
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Dough

A starting material in a process.
He is still raw dough; he needs more training.
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Bread

A form of communal or shared food, often in a religious context.
They broke bread together at the church supper.
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Sep 18, 2023

Dough

An investment or amount of money put into something.
She put her dough into the stock market.
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Sep 18, 2023

Bread

Currency or money, in slang terms.
He earns his bread as a freelancer.
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Sep 18, 2023

Dough

Money, in slang terms.
He made a lot of dough from his business venture.
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Sep 18, 2023

Bread

A staple food made from flour or meal mixed with other dry and liquid ingredients, usually combined with a leavening agent, and kneaded, shaped into loaves, and baked.
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Dough

A soft, thick mixture of dry ingredients, such as flour or meal, and liquid, such as water, that is kneaded, shaped, and baked, especially as bread or pastry.
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Bread

Food in general, regarded as necessary for sustaining life
"If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second" (Edward Bellamy).
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Dough

A pasty mass similar to this mixture.
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Bread

Something that nourishes; sustenance
"My bread shall be the anguish of my mind" (Edmund Spenser).
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Dough

(Slang) Money.
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Bread

Means of support; livelihood
Earn one's bread.
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Dough

A thick, malleable substance made by mixing flour with other ingredients such as water, eggs, and/or butter, that is made into a particular form and then baked.
Pizza dough is very stretchy.
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May 31, 2023

Bread

(Slang) Money.
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Dough

Money.
His mortgage payments left him short on dough.
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Bread

To coat with bread crumbs, as before cooking
Breaded the fish fillets.
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Dough

(transitive) To make into dough.
The flour was doughed with a suitable quantity of water.
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Bread

(uncountable)
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Dough

Paste of bread; a soft mass of moistened flour or meal, kneaded or unkneaded, but not yet baked; as, to knead dough.
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Bread

A foodstuff made by baking dough made from cereals.
We made sandwiches with the bread we bought from the bakery.
Any leftover bread can be put into the pudding.
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Dough

Anything of the consistency of such paste.
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Bread

Food; sustenance; support of life, in general.
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Dough

A flour mixture stiff enough to knead or roll
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Bread

(countable) Any variety of bread.
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Dough

Informal terms for money
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Bread

Money.
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Dough

A mixture of flour, water, and often yeast, used for baking.
She kneaded the dough before letting it rise.
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Sep 18, 2023

Bread

Breadth.
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Bread

A piece of embroidery; a braid.
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Bread

(transitive) To coat with breadcrumbs.
Breaded fish
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Bread

To make broad; spread.
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Bread

(transitive) To form in meshes; net.
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Bread

To spread.
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Bread

To cover with bread crumbs, preparatory to cooking; as, breaded cutlets.
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Bread

An article of food made from flour or meal by moistening, kneading, and baking.
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Bread

Food; sustenance; support of life, in general.
Give us this day our daily bread.
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Bread

Food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
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Bread

Informal terms for money
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Bread

Cover with bread crumbs;
Bread the pork chops before frying them
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Bread

A source of sustenance or livelihood, often symbolic.
Bread is the staff of life.
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Sep 18, 2023

FAQs

What is dough?

Dough is an unbaked mixture of flour, water, and often yeast, used for baking.
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Can I eat dough raw?

Consuming raw dough is generally not recommended due to the risk of bacterial contamination.
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Is bread always made from dough?

Most bread is made from dough, but some variations use batter or other methods.
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Sep 18, 2023

Is dough only used for making bread?

No, dough can also be used to make pastries, cookies, and other baked goods.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 18, 2023

What is bread?

Bread is a baked food made from a dough of flour, water, and often yeast.
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Are there gluten-free versions of bread and dough?

Yes, both bread and dough can be made using gluten-free flours.
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How do you store dough?

Dough can be refrigerated or frozen for later use.
Sara Rehman
Sep 18, 2023

What does 'earning one's bread' mean?

It means earning a living or making money to sustain oneself.
Janet White
Sep 18, 2023

Can dough have ingredients other than flour, water, and yeast?

Yes, dough can include ingredients like sugar, salt, fats, and flavorings.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 18, 2023

Is all dough leavened with yeast?

No, some doughs are leavened with baking powder or soda, or are unleavened.
Janet White
Sep 18, 2023

What does 'dough' mean in slang?

In slang, 'dough' often refers to money.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 18, 2023

Can you make bread without baking it?

Some breads, like flatbreads, can be cooked on a stovetop, but most require baking.
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How do you store bread to keep it fresh?

Bread is best stored in a cool, dry place, and can be frozen for longer storage.
Janet White
Sep 18, 2023

Can you over-knead dough?

Yes, over-kneading can result in tough bread.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 18, 2023

Why is bread significant in many cultures?

Bread often symbolizes community, sustenance, and historical or religious traditions.
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Sep 18, 2023
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