This basic dough is great for those of us who like to wake up on those lazy weekend mornings and have fresh pastries. The dough can be made a day ahead, refrigerated, and used the next day. Also, the dough is versatile enough to be used for sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, kolachy, jam filled pastries.... you get the idea. I am going to try deep frying them next. This recipe is large enough to make enough dough for two different recipes.
6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages dry yeast
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, yeast; blend well. In small saucepan, heat water, milk and margarine until very warm (120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit). Add warm liquid and egg to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, stir in an additional 3 cups flour until dough pulls cleanly away from sides of bowl.
On floured surface, knead in 1 to 2 cups flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place (80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit) until light and doubled in size, about 46 to 60 minutes.
Punch down several times to remove all air bubbles.
To make dough a day ahead, after first rise time, punch down dough, cover and refrigerate dough overnight. Shape dough and let rise as directed in recipe.
Calories: 4431 Calories From Fat: 23%
Protein: 107g Carbohydrate: 741g
Cholesterol: 459mg Sodium: 5399mg