Basic Bread Dough

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
2 hr

Level:
Easy

Ingredients
Directions

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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The bread was fine after I adjusted the liquid. I saw the three star rating and I wish I had read the reviews. I just have so much faith in Mario… I don't know how much water I added and I also added a tablespoon of milk because at the third tablespoon of water I was like: Well what the hell? Flavor! I hate reviewing a recipe that I deviate from but… I literally had no choice but to add ingredients to save the dough. I think there must be some mistake here. It simply did not come together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
easy love it item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe it is easy and fast. But so it can rise you have to waite more than what it says. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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... item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
With adjusting the water to 1cup, this recipe made me perfect bread. Was very easy to make too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy+quick dough recipe, though I suggest adding 3/4 cups of water to the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy (made just for me it seems!! I'm no baker and this turned out beautifully. I may never buy bread again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
nice recipe but need more water like 1 cup item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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... item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. loretta Struthers, ohio item not reviewed by moderator and published
to much olive oil not enough water item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not very explicit....for us non experts. :-( item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
the is a problem with the water or something. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made your dough and cooked it and it was hard item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe needs much more water. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy & Yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just had to keep adding water - far too little called for. And the receipe leaves you with "and the dough is now ready for use"? How about optimum baking conditions, or something? How about reaching the conclusion, for example, "We've not tested this receipe and therefor draw no conclusions about it's legitimacy." Just a thought. What a waste of good ingredients if you know nothing about bread! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read the reviews for the first time and followed some of the other readers tips. It came out good but would like to bake bread with items included into the bread. Just not sure that altering the recipe will make it come out right. But, I did use nearly twice as much water as called for. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick easy and good item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and very very tasty only one thing was wrong, the water amount was off by 1/2 a cup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I went with this recipe as it was rated "easy" - and it was! It has a nice crumb, perfect for toasting, and has been a real hit at my house. I will definitely make this one again, and I will cut back on the olive oil a bit. I think I can get the same floral note of the olives with fewer Tablespoons of oil -- so I have the option of dipping it IN EVOO!**Thanks to whoever mentioned it required more flour - I appreciate learning from your experience...I now have the confidence to try other recipes.** item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would agree that ? cup is not enough water. I figured with the dry to wet ratio it should be more like 1 ? cups of water. I made 2 loafs and let it rise for 1 hour the second time. Baked at 400 for about 35 min. with a pan of water in the oven. I also sprayed the loafs with water before putting them in and once about 5 min into the baking. Made a great bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had a great time with this recipie and will definitely keep using and experimenting with it. For those trying it for the first time, don't be afraid to add more water while mixing the dough. Also while baking I used my pizza stone at 400 F and a pan of water in the oven to keep things moist. Give the top two or three slashes with a knife before baking to keep the bread from cracking. You should get a moist, dense and sweet bread that will compliment any great meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The dough is very straighfoward and easy to do. If it comes from Mario Batali's hands it IS simple! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It took a few batches but well worth the experience, using all your sences is crucial, but the payoff is excellent. GOOD COOKING and FULL BELLIES....... item not reviewed by moderator and published
came out badly, very crumbly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just got done adding the flour, and there is no way that 1/2 cup is the correct amount of water. I'd say it should be closer to 1-1/3 cups water. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Came out awful, like a rock. The recipe seemed not to have enough water or moisture of any kind, and was very difficult to eat. Not what I was expecting item not reviewed by moderator and published
just make sure you check the date on your yeast! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy dough to make. Can add other ingredients to make variety of breads, works good with nutmeg and cinnamon for the perfect bread for french toast. item not reviewed by moderator and published
baked at400 degres sprayed water on bread a few times came out crisp item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made dough using this recipe. And, I probably added the flour too quickly. Well, I wound up with limp bread that tasted too bland. It didn't have any sweetness to it. I guess I'll give it another try, but not soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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