Basic Sweet Dough

    2 hours 50 mins

    I have made plenty of sweet breads, and I always favored the Hungarian Coffee Cake and Swedish Tea Ring. This sweet dough recipe is my mother's, and this works out really well because it is an old recipe. I have also used others which were more recent and still turned out well, but this one is the best I have found. Use this recipe for the basis of your sweet breads. For Whole Wheat Rolls use 4 cups sifted flour and 4 cups fine whole wheat flour.

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    Makes: 4 loaves

    • 235 ml milk
    • 1000 g sifted all-purpose flour
    • 295 ml cold water
    • 34 g compressed fresh yeast
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 100 g white sugar
    • 50 g shortening
    • 2 eggs
    • 25 g melted shortening

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:2hr proofing  ›  Ready in:2hr50min 

    1. Scald milk in a medium saucepan. Add cold water to scalded milk. Remove 1/4 cup liquid; mix yeast into liquid when cooled to lukewarm. To liquid in saucepan, add salt, sugar, shortening, and eggs. Add dissolved yeast to saucepan. Mix well.
    2. Sift and measure the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the flour, and pour the liquid into the well. Stir with a large wooden spoon until liquid disappears.
    3. With one hand, mix dough in bowl using swinging rotary motion. Gradually form dough into smooth ball, then knead in bowl for 2 minutes. Brush top with melted shortening. Cover, and allow dough to rise at room temperature for 2 hours. Do not set bowl on radiator or in hot place. Keep away from draughts. Allow dough to rise until doubled in bulk.
    4. Punch down dough. Use dough for any sweet bread recipe.

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    I baked bread at 350 and this was a good temperature for the mix since so temperature was given. Bread is excellent. Alyce  -  31 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    After making a double batch of Carol's recipe I found that the ingredients and qtys worked very well together and produced a very good elastic dough just right for braiding. My wife said it was the best bread she had ever tasted. It makes the best toast too. Bill Axtell 11/25/01  -  25 Nov 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    very good. i halved this recipe. used butter instead of the shortening and used one packet of instant yeast. after it rose i deflated and rolled it out like you would when youre going to make cinnamon rolls. then spread a layer of cream chease (8oz)that was mixed with 2 T of sugar and 3/4 to 1 tsp of vanilla extract. then on top of that layer i spread some raspberry filling i had made by putting 2 cups frozen raspberries, 2 T lemon juice 1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup corn starch in a saucepan and simmer for 15 min. then let cool completely. rolled it up formed into a ring then made cuts with a knife 3/4ths of the way to the inside of the ring. let rise and sprinkle with streusal topping and cook till golden brown at 375. you can do anything with this dough! thanks  -  23 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)