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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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

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