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5 Delicious Bread Recipes

Try this versatile dough recipe for your homemade bread baking

Soft, Tender American-Style Bread Dough
Makes 1 large loaf, 4 mini loaves, 1 dozen rolls or bread sticks, or 8 naan flatbreads

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Whisk yeast into 1/4 cup tepid water in a liquid measuring cup to dissolve; let stand until yeast begins to bubble, about 5 minutes. Add an additional 3/4 cup tepid water, bringing water level to 1 cup. Add milk (no need to heat) for a total of 1 1/2 cups of liquid; whisk in butter.

Meanwhile, pulse flour, sugar and salt in a large food processor to combine. Pour yeast mixture into flour mixture; process until it forms a soft supple ball, sprinkling in a little more flour if dough is sticky or adding a little more water if ball seems tight. Continue to process until well kneaded, 20 to 30 seconds.Turn out the dough onto a floured surface; knead into a smooth ball, incorporating enough flour to prevent dough from sticking, a couple of minutes.

Turn dough into a vegetable cooking spray-coated bowl, cover with plastic and let it rise in a cool place for 8 hours or overnight.

Gently turn dough onto a floured surface. Follow shaping and baking instructions for desired shape.

Dinner Rolls
Makes 1 dozen

  • 1 recipe Soft, Tender American-Style Bread Dough
  • Cornmeal for baking sheet
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Sprinkle a large baking sheet with cornmeal. Using a large serrated knife or dough scraper, cut dough into 12 equal pieces. Working one at time, roll each piece into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until almost doubled, about 1 hour.

Ten minutes before baking, adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Brush dough rounds with egg wash. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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