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From Better Homes and Gardens. Of course you can double for larger families, or multiple days of bread. I will be making a cookbook of recipes that use this dough. For whole wheat version, substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the stirred in all-purpose flour. For cheese version, stir in 1 cup shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese with the stirred-in flour.
- 3 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast or 2 1⁄4 teaspoons instant yeast
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried dill (optional) or 1⁄2 teaspoon sage (optional) or 1⁄2 teaspoon basil (optional)
- 1 1⁄4 cups milk
- 1⁄4 cup margarine or 1⁄4 cup butter or 1⁄4 cup shortening
- 2 -4 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 eggs or 2 egg whites
- In a large mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour, the yeast, and, if desired, herb.
- In a medium saucepan heat and stir milk, margarine, sugar, and salt just till warm (120 to 130 F) and margarine almost melts.
- Add to flour mixture. Add egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining flour. Divide dough into halves or quarters.
- To chill, cover portions and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
- Or, to freeze, wrap the portions in plastic wrap and place in freezer bags. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 3 months. To use let dough stand at room temperature about 2 1/2 hours or till thawed. (Or, thaw overnight in the refrigerator.).
- To make dinner rolls, use 1/4 of the above recipe,.
- Butterhorns - On a floured surface foll dough into an 8-inch circle. If desired, brush with 1 tablespoon melted margarine or butter. Cut circle into 6 wedges. Starting at wide end of each wedge, roll toward point. Place, point side down, on a greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise in warm place till nearly double (about 30 minutes.) Bake in a 375 oven 10 to 13 minutes or till golden brown. Makes 6 rolls.
- Cloverleaves - divide dough into 18 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, pulling edges under to make smooth tops. Place 3 balls each in six greased muffin cups, smooth side up. Let rise and bake as above. Makes 6 rolls.
- It takes longer for these rolls to rise if they are not "handled" to shape and warm them.