- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups hot tap water
- 4 1/2 - 5 cups flour, white - can be half whole wheat or multigrain *
- 2 tablespoons instant yeast
- Put sugar, oil, salt and hot water in a large mixing bowl. You can also use a mixer that has a dough hook attachment or your bread machine.
- Add 1 cup of the flour mixed with the yeast, then the rest of the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Add flour until dough comes away from side of bowl or easily holds together in a ball shape and is not too sticky if you handle it with floured hands. Cover bowl with wax paper and tea towel.
- Let rise until double, about 1/2 hour. Divide in half.
- Roll out on a slightly floured surface to about 12"x15” rectangle. Roll up jelly roll style, beginning at longer end, and place on greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Cut diagonal slits on top. Cover with tea towel and then wax paper or plastic.
- Let rise about 30 - 45 minutes. Brush with mixture of 1 egg and 2 tablespoons milk, whisked with fork.
- Bake at 400° F for 20 minutes, or until golden. Remove to rack to cool.
Instead of rolling out the dough, just divide and press onto 2 pizza pans. Bake at 400° F until light golden - barely done. About 8 -10 minutes.
Spread lightly with pizza or spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover with any cold cuts you want . . . ham, salami, pepperoni, cooked hamburger (left over sloppy joe sauce) or cooked chicken, slivered peppers, grated cheese (mozzarella, or assortment). Sprinkle with oregano and basil. Bake at 375° F, about 15 min.
Add about 1 tablespoon of each (fresh if possible) thyme, oregano, rosemary, chopped into tiny bits,
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and 1- 2 teaspoons garlic powder to the dough, as you're mixing it. Cover and let rise.
Press dough into 2 - 8" x 8" greased pans. Make indentations with end of wooden spoon and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with cornmeal and rosemary (optional)
Cover and rise 1/2 hour. Bake until light golden, about 25 - 30 minutes. Serve with Olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Use any kind of combination of flour and grains that you like, roll out to make long skinny loaves (baguettes) and slice at an angle. Great with Spinach dip.
Maybe this is too much information, but it's there to give you ideas on what you can do and I hope you try something new and enjoy it.