Some of the many recipes on this site call for a basic yeast dough, and then continue on with the addition of various ingredients to make something wholly wonderful. But, I don’t think I have ever posted a basic yeast dough recipe. So, here you go.
Simple Basic Yeast Dough (flour bag)
2 pkgs active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm (not hot) water
3/4 cup warm (not hot) milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs well beaten
1 tsp salt
5 to 5 1/2 cups sifted enriched flour
- Add yeast to water. Let stand a few minutes, stir to dissolve. Allow yeast to bloom approximately 10 minutes.
- Combine milk, butter and sugar. Cool to lukewarm. Add eggs, salt & 2 cups flour; beat thoroughly. Stir in yeast mixture. Blend in remaining flour. Beat 5 minutes. Do not knead. Brush with shortening. Cover and let rise until double in bulk (about 1 hour)
- Turn out on lightly floured surface. Knead 1 minute. Shape into any of the following variations: