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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Easy "Bread" Dough

I put this recipe together for my own use a long time ago.  A yeast dough (and different kinds of dough in general) get a certain 'feel' to them and you start noticing this...Then you make better judgements on when to add a little more water, more flour, or a pinch more of salt.  From this same dough I can alter the sugar and other ingredients to produce cinnamon rolls, pizza crust, pita bread, naan...sometimes its just the kneading, rise time, technique, or cooking method with the same recipe that makes it another dough 'product'.  It can even be multiplied successfully for bulk preparation in commercial kitchens. (I know, I was doing it for years!)

Easy "Bread" Dough (use wheat flour for wheat dough) for Bread or Rolls
  • 4 Cups Flour

  • 1 Tablespoon Yeast

  • 1 Tablspoon Sugar

  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

  • 1 Tablespoon Oil

  • 2 Cups warm/hot water (start by using only 1 3/4 cup add rest as needed)

Put dry ingredients and oil in mixer. Use mixer set on 2 or 3 (not fast, but not real slow) and use dough hook. Add up to 2 cups warm/hot water from faucet. Pour in mixer while dough hook is working. Watch for the dough to start to come together then let mixer run for about 5 to 8 minutes…you can also need the dough by hand for about the same amount of time instead of using the mixer.

You are looking for a soft smooth texture to the dough, oil dough ball, put in bowl and cover…let rise for about 40-60 minutes (adjust rise time to your humidity/heat) dough may double in size quicker in a more warm and humid conditions or slower in cold conditions.

Smash or punch down, then shape into rolls or 2 loafs in bread pans and wait the same amount of time for the second rise (or longer if needed) bake in oven at 160C or 350F for about 30-40 minutes.

Let cool slightly, eat fresh and warm.

*Later on when you feel pretty confident about your skills as a basic bread dough maker you can try mixing the sugar, water, and yeast together and waiting till it starts to bubble. Then you can add it to the flour and salt that is mixing in the bowl. And don't forget the oil!

Comments welcome or contact me for further questions...this recipe was developed as a beginners understanding of dough.


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