Basic Bread Dough

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
20 min
2 hr



Place warm water in a warm mixing bowl and add yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand 3 minutes. Add salt and sugar and stir through. Add flour and olive oil and mix, using hands until you can knead the dough without it sticking to your fingers. Add more water, if needed.

Wash and dry hands and remove ball to cutting board. Knead the dough, occasionally dusting with 1 teaspoon flour, until a firm, smooth homogenous ball is formed, about 15 minutes. Place ball of dough in a lightly oiled mixing bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place until its size is doubled, about 2 hours. Punch down and divide into 2 pieces.

Dough is now ready for use.

This recipe is for a basic bread dough that's meant to be used in other applications. Therefore, there is no bake time for this particular recipe - rather, the bake time would change depending on how you choose to use this dough. For example, Mario's Calzone divides the dough into 2, stuffs it, and bakes at 400 degrees fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

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    easy love it
    I love this recipe it is easy and fast. But so it can rise you have to waite more than what it says.
    This recipe does not follow the adequate water guideline of at least 60% of the weight of the flour. This will result in a very dry mixture. For this amount of bread flour, which is the highest in protein, and the amount of olive oil listed, I would recommend 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of water or milk. You can substitute 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for same amount of water to keep your dough/bread fresher and you can add 1/4 teaspoon of ginger which helps the yeast and also lenghtens shelf life. You could use 1 teaspoon sea salt for the salt listed but if you use salted butter instead of olive oil for the oil in the dough then omit the salt. You could use carbonated water which is supposed to enhance the dough as well...
    Very good basic bread dough recipe. I would not recommend for beginners, because you do have to add water after the flour/oil stage, to just the right consistency, which may mean you need a little experience with dough. It's also important to get the water temp between 100 -110 degrees F to ensure the yeast works it's magic and the dough will rise great! Don't forget to knead at least for 12-15 minutes.
    Alright Chef, I don't understand your recipe. I have followed it to the letter but I am still having problems. The dough does not seem to have enough liquid to make a harmonious dough ball after kneading. So I had to add some to make it work. Also, I am not getting a good rise from it either. I have made it now I think for the third time and now I have gotten the best results thus far. It's cooling as I write but I am still not a big fan.
    With adjusting the water to 1cup, this recipe made me perfect bread. Was very easy to make too.
    Very easy+quick dough recipe, though I suggest adding 3/4 cups of water to the recipe.
    Super easy (made just for me it seems!! I'm no baker and this turned out beautifully. I may never buy bread again.
    I love the ease of this. My 12 year old can make it and loves to add things to it. He really likes the cinnamon roles we made with it.
    I have been a professional Baker for over 11 years, The measurements in this recipe are a bit off. Reduce the amount of flour by 1 cup, and increase the amount of water to 1 full cup, I also cut the olive oil in half, and substituted vegi oil for the remainder.
    What can I say... Mario is a pisano... Ya know bread is alive and depending on were you make it humidity will play high or low. So, water is the variable you adjust to make the best bread you can. Oh, and nasty words don't work either.
    i know how to bake bread and this recipe is horrible. also your bread smells like olives. even though i had to had water until it wasnt dryer than a birds @ss it was still horrible stay away unless you want crappy bread that smells like olives.
    my first time ever making my own bread dough.. i agree with others it was just shy of 1 cup of water.. guess i will see how it ends up.
    nice recipe but need more water like 1 cup
    This is an excellent recipe. Yes, you need to add more water but not much. It's crumbly until extra water is added - just a tablespoon at a time - then presto! Perfect. I highly recommend.
    I had to add MUCH MORE liquid (water) because the 1/2 cup water + yeast is not enough. Temperature? Time in oven? Quantity (how many breads/servings)? Unknow...
    This recipe needs to be corrected. 1/2 cup water is good for the yeast but the entire dough needs around a cup more water to make a basic dough. Mario you need to correct this mistake.
    easy to work with and you always have to adjust your water amounts, so use reciept as a guide only..I used a little over a full cup I have used this many time and will do so again
    this is the second time I made this bread dough and it is excellent. Of course, you have to add more water. A little at a time to reach the correct consistency, you have to do this with any bread dough recipe. I made hot pepper bread with this dough and it was excellent. I like the crust that is hard on the outside and soft on the inside. A real italian bread dough. Reminds me of my grandmothers fresh italian bread.

    Struthers, ohio
    to much olive oil not enough water
    Here's what you do to make this recipe better. More water. About a cup and a half more. Add it slowly to the kitchenaid till the dough comes together. Sift the flour. Use a kitchenaid w/ a dough hook.

    Not very explicit....for us non experts. :-(
    Shame on you Food Network. You should fix this recipe. Calls for 1/2 c water, should be more like 1-1/3 c water.
    the is a problem with the water or something.
    dough needed more water should use 1 1/2 c and 31/2 c of flour. too much of an olive oil taste and i love olive oil. will not use this recipe again.
    i made your dough and cooked it and it was hard
    Following the suggestions of other reviewers, I added 1 1/4 cup water to the dough, baked it for 35 minutes with a bowl of boiling water in the oven at 350 and it came out perfectly. I'm making it again tonight, but I am going to add a little more salt.
    It doesn't give beginners any idea what to do after punching down. Let it rise? For how long? Cook at what temp? for how long to bake it? Very incomplete for beginners and no pointers where to find this information.
    This recipe needs much more water.
    I didn't add enough water to the dough and so it was really difficult to knead but was fine after it rose. baked at 400 for 35 mins per another reviewers suggestion with a pan of boiling water in the oven. Best tasting bread I have ever made!
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