Monday, May 12, 2008

Bread Dough Recipe (3 loaves)

2 1/2 c all purpose flour
2 T Instant yeast
2 c Water

1/4 c dry milk powder
3 tb Margarine -- melted

1/3 c Granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
2 Egg whites -- beaten

5 1/2 c all purpose flour

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups flour and yeast. In a microwavable bowl, heat milk, margarine, sugar, and salt just until warm (115 to 120 degrees), un
til margarine almost melts. Add liquid to dry ingredients in mixing bowl along with egg whites. Beat at low speed for 1/2 minute, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes at high speed. Mix in another 3-4 cups of flour, then change to dough hook. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). Divide dough into thirds. Roll each section out into a rectangle then roll (jelly roll style), tuck ends under. Place in an oiled pan & allow to rise for 45 minutes in a warm place (or until doubled). Then bake in 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until golden.

You may also freeze this dough, before allowing it to rise. Then to
bake thaw & follow directions above.

I use this dough as pizza crust, calzone/stromboli dough. I used powdered eggs whites in my last batch. You can also substitute some whole wheat flour for the all
purpose flour, and of course add a Tablespoon or 2 of flax seed.

For this loaf I spread some softened butter on the dough , sprinkled some garlic powder over it & then rolled it up. I left it to rise for 45 minutes & then baked it at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or so, until the top turned golden. (baked loaf is pictured above, the uncut loaf)

I also used a portion of this dough to make a stromboli.