All Purpose White Bread Dough Recipe

Basic White Bread Recipe

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Basic Bread Dough

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Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: 2 loaves of bread

Ingredients for Basic Bread Dough

  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar, (or honey)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 2 TB oil or butter

Instructions

  1. Mix yeast, sugar and 1/2 cup warm water in small bowl and let set for 15 minutes until bubbles start forming.
  2. Put flour andt salt in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture, 1 cup water and oil. Mix with a spoon until dough forms a ball.
  3. Knead dough: put flour on the counter or other flat surface. Put dough on flour and knead by pressing the heel of your hand into the dough and then folding it over. Keep on adding more flour as necessary to keep the dough from sticking. Knead about 5 to 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Grease a bowl with about 2 tea. margarine and place dough in the bowl. Turn dough over until it is all covered with margarine. Put a towel on top of the bowl and let set for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until it is about double in size.
  5. Punch down dough and let set for 5 minutes. Then form dough into loaves or other shapes. Let rise 1 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes for loaves.

Best Bread Dough Recipe

My family loves bread and I have used this recipe to make all sorts of different kinds of bread. What I especially like about this all-purpose bread recipe (pun intended) is that I can start the dough before I have figured out what I'm actually going to make for dinner!

While you can vary this recipe by having eggs and milk used instead of the water, I have found that just using water makes the dough rise quicker and yields a nice light bread. Of course, you can also add wheat flour (or any other whole grain flour) as half of the flour in the dough if you want whole wheat bread.

Whether you make your recipe with white flour or whole grains, you can turn it into any of the following variations: cinnamon rolls, focaccia bread, garlic bread sticks, pan rolls, individual rolls, pesto rolls, pita bread, calzones and more! So pull out that bread machine and get started!

Basic Bread Dough

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Bread shaped in a round loaf and brushed with butter after baking.  I love the bread this way for ham and cheese sandwiches with honey mustard.Recipe makes a nice, fine-textured bread which is great for sandwiches, toast or with bread and butter.Our favorite way to serve these is to brush them with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt.You can throw all the ingredients in the breadmaker (water first) and put it on the dough setting.  Take it out, shape it and bake!Roll out pizza dough on parchment or a pizza stone.  Put on sauce, toppings and bake at 400 degrees.
Bread shaped in a round loaf and brushed with butter after baking.  I love the bread this way for ham and cheese sandwiches with honey mustard.
Bread shaped in a round loaf and brushed with butter after baking. I love the bread this way for ham and cheese sandwiches with honey mustard. | Source
Recipe makes a nice, fine-textured bread which is great for sandwiches, toast or with bread and butter.
Recipe makes a nice, fine-textured bread which is great for sandwiches, toast or with bread and butter. | Source
Our favorite way to serve these is to brush them with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt.
Our favorite way to serve these is to brush them with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt. | Source
You can throw all the ingredients in the breadmaker (water first) and put it on the dough setting.  Take it out, shape it and bake!
You can throw all the ingredients in the breadmaker (water first) and put it on the dough setting. Take it out, shape it and bake! | Source
Roll out pizza dough on parchment or a pizza stone.  Put on sauce, toppings and bake at 400 degrees.
Roll out pizza dough on parchment or a pizza stone. Put on sauce, toppings and bake at 400 degrees. | Source

Bread Dough in Bread Machine

While I’ve given directions for mixing and kneading by hand, you can also add these ingredients to a bread dough machine and process on the dough cycle until done, then shape and bake.This recipe yields one or two loaves depending on the size you want to make.I frequently double the recipe to make several different types of breads at once.The breads freeze very well for several weeks if wrapped in foil or put in a Ziploc bag. I love having bread in the freezer to give out as a gift to a new neighbor, or as part of a meal for someone who has had a new baby or is ill.

Basic Dough Variations

You can use this dough for any sort of bread.You can double the recipe.You can add any sort of spice or about ½ cup of cheese to give flavor.You can also add in ½ cup of pesto or dried tomato pesto.You can substitute up to ½ of the flour with oatmeal, wheat or other flours although the dough will be heavier and won’t rise quite so much.

Flavored Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls or Sticky Buns

  1. Roll out to a thin large rectangle.
  2. Melt ½ cup of margarine or butter and spread over the rectangle.
  3. Sprinkle 1 cup of sugar on top (more if you want).Use white sugar for cinnamon rolls, brown sugar for sticky buns.
  4. On the cinnamon rolls you will also need to sprinkle with cinnamon.
  5. You can add raisins if you want also.
  6. For sticky buns you can add ½ cup of chopped nuts if you want.
  7. Starting on the long end, roll up the dough.
  8. Cut by using a piece of thread or string. Wrap the thread around the roll and pull tight until it cuts.
  9. Place rolls in a 13 by 9 inch pan.
  10. Cover with a towel and let rise 1 hour on the counter or cover with saran wrap and let rise overnight in the refrigerator.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until light brown and bubbly.
  12. If you want, you can frost with 1 cup powdered sugar mixed with 1 TB. Water.

Pesto Rolls

Prepare and bake as above, but spread the roll with store bought pesto or dried tomato pesto.

Home Made Rolls

Rolls
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Rolls

Pan Rolls

  1. Squeeze out balls of dough between your thumb and index finger.
  2. Balls should be about 2 inches in diameter.
  3. Place almost touching in a greased cake pan.
  4. Cover with a cloth and let rise for 1-2 hours.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until light brown.
  6. Melt 1/3 cup butter and brush over tops (alternatively, if you want the rolls to be shiny, you can brush an egg beaten with a little water over the top before you bake them).

Individual Rolls

  1. Shape the same as pan rolls, but put on greased cookie sheet about 2-3 inches apart
  2. .Let rise and bake the same as for pan rolls.

Pizza Dough

Pizza
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Pizza Crust

  1. Lightly grease pan.Roll out dough to fit pan.
  2. Put on sauce, cheese and other toppings.
  3. You can bake right away or let rise for 30 min to 1 hour.
  4. You can also freeze and bake later.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Pita Bread (Naan)

  1. Roll out balls of dough to about 8 inches in diameter.
  2. Put on greased baking sheet and cover with towel.Let rise 1 hour until puffy.
  3. Here is the secret to making this bread have a pocket in the middle: Bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes.
  4. Check these carefully. They should be light brown when done.
  5. You can just eat this as flat bread or split down the middle and fill with sandwich fillings.

Focaccia Bread

This bread usually tastes better if you use olive oil in the bread recipe.

  1. Roll out dough into a rectangle and place on greased cookie sheet.
  2. Brush with Olive oil.Use tip of finger to make dimples in the dough.
  3. You can place all sorts of things on top including any of the following: Parmesan cheese, chopped olives, sauteed onions, garlic, Italian herbs, herbs de province, and tomato slices.
  4. You also might like to sprinkle it with garlicsalt.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 20 -30 minutes until light brown.

calzone
calzone | Source

Calzones

This is probably one of my favorite "go to" meals because everyone likes them and they can also be taken to lunch.

  1. Divide the dough into 8-9 balls and roll each of these out (I do these one at a time usually).
  2. Put meat and cheese (or any other fillings like spinach) inside the circle of each dough and then fold them in half and press shut.
  3. You can let these rise for 1/2 hour or bake them right away until they are brown on top, usually about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Anything you'd put in a pizza can be used for fillings, but our favorites are leftover ham, hamburger, pork or steak with some shredded cheese.
  5. Generally, I serve these with marinara or spaghetti sauce on top (or to dip).

Calzones make a great take-along for lunch too, since they are not messy and can taste good cold. Try them!

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kathrynsunga 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Thanks for this great hub! I'll try this recipe next weekend.


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VirginiaLynne 5 years ago from United States Author

Since it is still in the 90s here in Texas, I'm just dreaming about baking right now! I know I have a bunch of other pictures for this hub--I just need to find them!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

It's great that this recipe is so versatile! Like RTalloni, I have also been in the mood to do more baking and comfort food cooking now that it's getting colder.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Mmmm, pesto rolls are a great idea! Love that you offer so many ways to use the dough. This is the best kind of fast food. :)

Voted up and bookmarked, as this change in our weather has me thinking about baking bread.


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VirginiaLynne 5 years ago from United States Author

I actually have several books of different bread recipes, but I guess I'm sort of lazy--I end up using this one most of the time because it always works. I sometimes substitute milk for the water, or add an egg or more sugar for a sweeter dough, but generally I just use this one because it is easy to memorize!


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

I like the way you put this together, the great basic bread recipe with all the different things you can do with it. Good work VirginiaLynne!

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