GET HOOKED ON BREAD MAKING
DEAR MELBA: I recently found a box of recipes, and this bread recipe was right on top. I had forgotten how many times I had baked different breads, rolls, etc., using it and how wonderful they all were, not to mention how easy and quick each was.
Thirty-Minute Yeast Bread
31/2 cups warm (110-degrees) water
1 cup cooking oil
3/4 cup sugar
6 packages dry yeast, or 4 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon jar yeast
1 tablespoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
101/2-to-13 cups flour
• In large bowl, combine water, oil, sugar and yeast. Mix well and let rest 15 minutes.
• Add salt and beaten eggs. Stir in flour — all-purpose, bread flour or part whole wheat and part all-purpose. If you have a dough hook, mix until not sticky, adding flour gradually. It may not take all the flour.
• If you do not have a dough hook, knead dough on lightly floured surface until smooth. Shape into six loaves and place in lightly greased 8-by-4-inch loaf pans. You'll only need four if using 9-by-5-inch pans. Let rise 20 to 30 minutes.
• To bake, preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Loaf will sound hollow when tapped.
• Using half the dough recipe, you can make 48 (1-ounce) cinnamon rolls, kolaches, hot rolls, or one 18-by-26-inch pizza crust.
1/2 bread dough recipe
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins or chopped nuts, if desired.
• Roll dough into a rectangle, approximately 21-by-14-inches and brush with melted butter.
• Combine sugars, cinnamon and raisins. Sprinkle over prepared dough.
• Beginning with long side, roll dough as for jelly roll and brush edges with a little water to seal. Cut into 1/2-inch thick slices. Place on greased cookie sheet. Let rise 15 to 20 minutes. Bake in preheated 425-degree oven 15 to 20 minutes or until browned.
2 1/4 cups Confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond flavoring
1/4 cup warm water
• Mix together and brush baked cinnamon rolls.
• Shape prepared dough into 11/2-inch rolls and place 1-inch apart on greased pan.
• Let rise about 10 to 20 minutes and bake in preheated 425-degree oven 10-to-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
• Place half recipe of bread dough in greased pizza pan. With greased fingers, work dough out to cover pan. Let rise 10 minutes.
• Spread with pizza sauce and desired toppings. Cover with grated mozzarella cheese. Bake until crust is browned about 15 to 20 minutes.
• Shape dough into 11/2-inch diameter rolls. Place on greased pan. Let rise 10-to-20 minutes.
• With first 2 fingers of both hands, make a depression in center of each roll. Fill cavity with pie filling of choice, cherry, applesauce, pineapple, prune, apricot, etc.
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter
• In small dish, mix ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of rolls. Heat oven to 425 degrees and bake 10 to 20 minutes or until browned.
— Caroline Medlinger, Oklahoma City
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