Thursday, February 11, 2010

best multi purpose dough

This dough is very fast, very easy, and tastes good...and I don't even have a mixer! You can use this dough for pizza crust, bread sticks, braided bread loaf with stuff inside, piggies in a blanket and so forth...not really intended for bread or rolls....although we made a mock soft pretzel with this dough once and they turned out good...last night I made a braided loaf with BBQ beef and cheese inside- way tasty!

best multi purpose dough

1 1/2 cup really warm water
1 T yeast
1 T sugar
1 tsp salt
3-4 cups bread flour

Add sugar to warm water then sprinkle yeast on top. Let the yeast float for a minute, then stir to dissolve the yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes as yeast activates and starts to foam. Add salt and flour. Add 1 cup of flour at a time and stop when dough is barely not sticky anymore. Don't add too much flour. Knead for 10 minutes (I do it by hand). Roll out and/or make desired shape and let it rise for a short time on the stove while the oven is pre-heating.

Bake 425 for 15 minutes. You can brush with butter and sesame seeds, garlic salt, kosher salt, egg wash, whatever.

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