Basic Rich Sweet Yeast Dough

READY IN: 24hrs 30mins




  • (Icing may be doubled and used for any cake or bun icing).
  • Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water and set aside until foamy.
  • Heat milk, shortening, sugar and salt to melt shortening.
  • Cool to warm and add yeast mixture, egg yolks and whole eggs.
  • Beat well by hand.
  • Gradually beat in by hand 6 cups of flour and the cardamom.
  • Knead well on a floured surface only adding additional flour to make a smooth and elastic dough.
  • Place dough in an oiled bowl, turn to coat with oil and cover and let rise double in volume.
  • Punch down and cover dough and refrigerate overnight in large bowl.
  • When ready to use, punch down and knead briefly to warm up dough.
  • Use dough as you wish for coffee cakes, sweet breads, buns, etc.
  • You may divide dough into 6 buns, or 4 equal pieces to make 4 small loaves or braids.
  • If braiding, divide each piece into 3 loose strands and braid and tuck under ends.
  • Brush with melted butter.
  • Place on baking sheets/pans and let rise double in volume.
  • Bake in a 350F oven about 30 minutes or golden and tested done.
  • Remove from pans/baking sheet to cool on rack.
  • Mix icing ingredients and drizzle over warm cake/bread.
  • Yield: approx.
  • 6 buns, 4 small braids, or 2 large loaves.