Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs
This versatile dough can be baked right away or kept in the refrigerator up to one week before baking. I have used this dough for everything from dinner rolls to hamburger buns.
- 3 1⁄2 cups warm water
- 1⁄2 cup sugar (optional)
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds (optional)
- 7 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- In a large mixing bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water.
- Sprinkle yeast into water.
- Allow to stand until yeast is dissolved and begins to bubble (or proof).
- Add oil, poppy seeds (if using) and 3 1/2 cups of the flour.
- Stir with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are well mixed.
- At this point, the mixture will be the consistency of a mash.
- Continue to add flour in batches until mixture becomes too stiff to easily stir.
- Turn out mixture onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to surface or hands.
- When dough is "ready", it should be smooth, supple and stretchy.
- Grease a medium bowl.
- Form dough into a ball.
- Place in greased bowl, turning to coat ball on all sides.
- Cover bowl with a clean dish towel and put in a warm, draft-free place to rise until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
- I like to place my bowl in the oven with just the light on.
- When doubled, punch dough down and slap it around to get out all the air bubbles.
- At this point, dough can be refrigerated for future use or divided and formed into the desired shape (ie. dinner rolls, cloverleaf rolls, hamburger buns, etc.).
- Once formed, place on ungreased cookie sheet, cover again and allow dough to rise until doubled again which will take about 1/2 hour (longer if dough was refrigerated).
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. The larger the roll, the longer it will take to bake it.