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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The World's BEST Bread Dough

This dough can be used for anything - pizza, homemade rolls, sticky buns, you pick!

the world's best bread dough (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I completely understand when you put "world's best" on something it better be pretty dang good.  Trust me, this dough is so versatile, so easy to work with, so simple to put together......just so perfect.  

Although I wish I could take the credit for it, I cannot.  I found it on the Money Saving Mom site.  She is a genius when it comes to home cooking!  I hope she doesn't mind that I'm sharing one of her dough recipes {she has many}.  Check out her website if you get a chance.

So last weekend I dove into this dough and made three different dishes out of it - homemade pizza pockets {two varieties} and fresh sub rolls for meatball subs.

the world's best bread dough (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

You know what else is great about this dough?  You don't have to allow for rising time.  Mix it up, knead, roll into a ball and it's ready!  

Now at my house, I had to take some breaks in between making and rolling out the dough, so I simply covered it with a towel and walked away for about 30 minutes {those darn kids of mine had to potty, have a snack, etc.}.  When I came back it had puffed up a bit - but was ready to go!

The World's BEST Bread Dough

{Recipe found here}
2 1/2 c. flour
1 T. yeast
1 t. sugar
1 t. salt
2 T. olive oil
1 c. warm water

In a large bowl {or stand-up mixer} combine warm water and yeast.  Stir and allow to bubble for a few minutes.  Add in sugar, salt and olive oil and stir.  If using a stand-up mixer, attach the dough hook.  Add in flour and combine.  If using a free hand - just use some elbow grease!  Dough will be combined when it is pulling away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes.  Cover with a towel if you need to step away, otherwise, using a knife cut into 8-10 sections {if making pizza pockets} or into 4-5 long strips if making sub rolls.

For pizza pockets roll those pieces into a ball and using a rolling pin, flatten into a circle.  Fill with desired toppings, fold the dough over and pinch sides together.  Lay on a greased cookie sheet.  For sub rolls, take those cut strips and gently roll/shape into a sub shape.  Lay on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

To Freeze Pizza Pockets:  Assemble, lay on a greased cookie sheet and place in the freezer or deep freeze.  Once frozen remove from the cookie sheet and place in a large plastic bag.  Label "Homemade Pizza Pockets - Bake at 375 - 12 to 15 minutes or until golden". These are perfect for quick lunches as you simply take out of the freezer and place directly into the oven.

the world's best bread dough (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Next up with this dough?  Probably homemade pizza and if I'm really feeling generous and have company to entertain - monkey bread.

For now I better walk away....or I'll eat this bread for every meal!  All in moderation, Ally.

Have a great Wednesday!

the world's best bread dough (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Would you like to comment?

  1. This is so easy! Love that it's super versatile too!

  2. can you make a loaf of bread with it too?

  3. Sheila - I have tried it that way yet....but I am going to! When I made the sub rolls, it worked great, so I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work.

  4. Steph@Been There Baked ThatJuly 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    We love her breadstick recipe, this looks pretty similar. Pizza pockets are always yummy!

  5. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)July 3, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    I will definitely try this!!

  6. Autumn @ Good Eats GirlJuly 5, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I definitely see some pizza pockets in our future! Great work!

  7. I've made my pizza dough (similar recipe) into bread - works great - you can make rolls too with it.

  8. Pizza Pockets! What a great idea. Love bread recipes that are versatile. Go girl!

  9. Can this recipe be made in a bread machine?