How is Yeast Bread Cooled After Baking

If you’re planning on baking your own batch of yeast bread, you might find yourself asking this important question: “How is yeast bread cooled after baking?” Well, you will be happy to know that it’s really easy. Just remove the bread from the pan and cool it on a wire rack until it’s fully cooled.

Hey, there! I’m Michelle, and I’m a bread fanatic. I love all kinds of bread, healthy and unhealthy, yeast, and no yeast. I can’t get enough of this “good stuff.” I also make it regularly too. Knowing how to cool bread properly is key for bread-baking success.

So you will bake some yeast bread, but you’re not sure how to cool it? Don’t worry, new baker! This article is here to put all of your bread-cooling worries to rest. Below, you will find plenty of info and facts about how yeast bread is cooled after baking.

What are we waiting for? Let’s talk about yeast bread!

How is Yeast Bread Cooled After Baking?

Think of yeast bread like any other type of bread you bake. You should remove the bread from the pan after baking and place it on a wire rack. This provides the most lucrative location for bread to have the ideal texture and stay moist, but not so moist that it becomes soggy and undesirable. 

Below, you will discover in detail how to cool yeast bread the right way (and why it’s more important).

How to Cool Yeast Bread After Baking

Baking bread can be kind of challenging (but we still won’t compare it to rocket science). And while mixing, proofing, molding, and baking are all key elements to bread success; you can ruin all of your hard work during the cooling process. 

The good news is, knowing how to cool yeast bread after baking is easy. With a few simple hacks, you can be successful and enjoy some of the most delicious bread of your life. Pro tip: it’s cooled much like any other bread recipes.

Follow the Recipe

The best thing you can do is follow the recipe entirely. Some bread may require you to be a bit more specific about cooling. For example, sometimes a coffee cake bread is better suited in the pan for a few minutes before being removed and cooled. 

Since it’s not common for yeast bread to sit in the pan after baking, you must follow the recipe to a tee. (While we’re at it, I will also mention how important it is to follow the other steps, including the right ingredients and measurements).

Remove From the Pan Immediately

Don’t, don’t, don’t let your bread cool off in the bread pan. As moisture evaporates off of the pan, it will cause your bread to become soggy and develop a mushy, undesirable texture. Ever tried soggy bread? It’s not great. 

That said, make sure that your bread is removed from the bread pan immediately after pulling it out of the oven (unless the recipe states otherwise). Make sure to use oven mitts as the pan is going to be quite hot. 

Place on a Wire Rack

So, do you take it out of the pan and toss it onto the countertop? Definitely not. You will need a good cooling rack in your arsenal. Placing baked bread on a cooling rack will ensure that all sides of the bread cool off evenly with no fear of sogginess.

Let it Cool Entirely Before Storing

Last but not least, yeast bread is cooled off entirely before it’s stored. Trying to store yeast bread before it’s cooled off entirely can lead to sogginess. How long it takes your yeast bread to cool is dependent upon many factors. Most of the time, you need at least an hour (or more).

Store cooled yeast bread in a paper bag or bread box if left on the counter. You can also store it in the fridge or freezer to extend its longevity. Just make sure it’s in a sealed, airtight container or wrapped tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil to lock in moisture.


Yeast bread is cooled much like any other bread – taken out of the pan and placed on a wire rack. Pretty simple, right? Sure. But why stop there? Check out these frequently asked questions for more info about how yeast bread is cooled after baking.

When a loaf of bread is done baking, how should it be cooled?

A loaf of bread should always be cooled on a wire rack. You want to make sure that air can circulate the entirety of the loaf. Otherwise, you could be susceptible to sogginess and mushy bread, especially on the bottom. Yuck!

How do you cool and store yeast bread?

Again, the best option is to cool on a wire rack. This will provide the best platform for your yeast bread to cool. Once fully cooled, the ideal location is at room temperature. It can be stored without covering, but a paper bag or bread box is also okay.

When should you take yeast bread out of the pan after baking?

It’s simple – right when you take the pan out of the oven. Don’t give the pan any time to evaporate moisture onto the yeast bread. This causes a soggy and ultra-moist crust. Ultimately, it will lead to the demise of your once delicious loaf of yeast bread.

Should I cover the bread after baking?

You should not cover bread after baking, especially if it was just pulled out of the oven. This all comes down to the moisture issue. Covering the bread will trap moisture inside, which will cause the bread to get soggy. There is no repairing it after that, so let it cool uncovered!

Final Words

When it comes to baking yeast bread, cooling is pretty simple. Remove it immediately from the pan. Then, place it on top of a wire rack. The bread should cool off completely before storing.

Do you like yeast bread? How do you store it? Share your comments with us below!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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