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5 from 2 votes

Versatile Yeast Dough

Easy, forgiving yeast dough recipe.  Use it for Sausage Rolls, Pepperoni Roll-Ups, Pepperoni Mozzarella Rolls, Kolaches, even Pizza Crust.  Can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Additional Time4 hrs
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 Pieces
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Beth Mueller


  • 1/2 cup butter melted and cooled, salt or unsalted is fine
  • 2 cups whole milk heated to 110 to 115 Degrees F
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup water 110 to 115 Degrees F
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 7 1/4 to 7 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil for coating proofing bowl


  • Melt butter in a microwave until just melted, set aside and allow to cool.
  • Heat milk now so it has time to cool if it has been overheated.
  • Mix water with yeast in a small bowl.
  • Add a couple of pinches of sugar from the ¼ cup sugar to the yeast and water mixture.
  • Mix well and set aside to allow to bloom for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • After the yeast has bloomed, add remaining sugar, eggs, milk, salt, and melted butter to a mixing bowl and mix well. Dough hook or paddle can be used.
  • Add 2 cups of flour, mixing well.
  • Add kosher salt, mix well.
  • Add an additional 5 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time.
  • The dough should be well-formed, while slightly sticking to the bowl in one or two spots.
  • Add additional flour as needed to achieve slight sticking. The amount needed will depend on the weather and indoor humidity.
  • Oil a large bowl.
  • Remove dough from mixing bowl and place into an oiled bowl.
  • Turn dough in the bowl to cover all exposed dough with oil.
  • Cover bowl with kitchen towel. Alternatively, plastic wrap can be loosely placed over the bowl.
  • Set dough aside in a warm place for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, deflate the dough and recover.
  • Allow dough to sit in warm place for an additional 2 hours or place in refrigerator for up to 18 hours.
  • It is now ready to be used in other recipes as directed.


Cook time listed is only for minimum rising time.
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Serving: 1Piece | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2.8g | Fat: 5.9g | Saturated Fat: 3.5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 282mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 4.2g