We have a dangerous shortfall this month—$8,658 short—a serious deficit. Your support needed NOW!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: Basic Sweet Dough

    INGREDIENTS

  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105°-115°)
  • 1-1/2 cups lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup soft shortening
  • 7 to 7-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: • • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin:

This is a basic recipe for sweet dough to use in other recipes, such as Christmas Stollen or the Christmas Braid.

DIRECTIONS

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in milk, sugar, and salt. Add eggs, shortening, and half the flour; mix with spoon. Add rest of flour; mix with hands. Turn out on lightly floured board. Knead until smooth and blistered — about 5 minutes. Round up in greased bowl; bring greased side up. Cover with damp cloth. Let rise in warm place (85°) until double in bulk — about 1-1/2 hours. Punch down; round up; let rise again until almost double in bulk — about 30 minutes. Divide dough for desired breads. Round up each part. Shape as desired. Let rise in warm place (85°) until double in bulk — 15 to 20 minutes. Bake according to directions for chosen bread.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Human Mix of Good and Evil 11 hours ago
Conscientious objection to vaccinations 14 hours ago
Can Islam confront its problem with violence? 15 hours ago
On the failure of history—and historians—without Christ January 29
Salvation? No matter who we are, one price. January 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12