My all time, classic, never fails bread dough recipe

I mentioned on Instagram, the homemade rolls I made last night and sent with a 'meal package' to a family member.  It's the recipe I've posted many, many times on but am putting it here again since I just mentioned it again on my story.

It's a classic, basic recipe that you can play with a bit and it will turn out for you.  I replace some of the white flour with wheat, I add some chives, some garlic or Italian Seasoning.  Sometimes I use the basic recipe as a base for cinnamon rolls or pizza dough (although I like my actual pizza dough recipe better, I have used this one many times as it's just so easy to whip up).

You can make this in your bread machine, completely knead by hand or (as I often do) whip it up in my stand mixer with a bread dough hook.

Brushed with butter after they come out of the oven?  Soft, buttery and oh so good.

This particular cut and paste is from my posting in 2009.


Classic White Bread Dough 

  • 12 oz. water 
  • 1 1/2 t salt 
  • 2 T butter 
  • 4 c bread flour or all purpose flour 
  • 2-3 T dry milk (I pour it in but never measure) 
  • 2 T sugar 
  • 1 3/4 t dry yeast (although I don't always measure this either as mine comes from a large jar). One package is 2 1/4 t though so leave about a teaspoon and it's about right. 

Machine:  Place into your bread machine in order listed (water, salt butter, flour, milk, sugar, yeast) unless of course your machine has a different order needed to achieve results (some make you do the dry first). 

I put them in this order in my KitchenAid mixer pulse it to mix for the first minute or so and then left it on the lowest level to knead for about 10 minutes.  Leave it to raise, punch it down, make into bread, rolls, buns, whatever; let it rise again and bake.

For bread it makes 2 loaves - bake about 25-30 minutes at 350.   Buns are usually about 25-27 minutes.

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