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The One Dough That Makes It All: The Insanely Simple Recipe You Need In Your Fridge to Make So Much!


really useful dough to make lots of meals and desserts including pizza and naan



See what we did there with the title?  Sort of a dorky Lord of the Rings reference?  Did you read it in your mind like Galadriel?  That helps it to be snicker-worthy.  Yeah...sorry.  Maybe funny only to us? Let's carry on like this silliness never happened...


This dough recipe will change your cooking.  Truly.  We've been making it for years and we will make it for many more years.  It takes minutes to mix up and gives you so many options for meals and desserts.


We posted about this dough before, shortly after we started making it.  After a few years, we've adapted it.  Mostly to be healthier.  We've added more fibre and taken out some salt.  And no one around our table has any complaints.  It's still wonderful!


We found the inspiration for this recipe in the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.  We've made it our own with a few hacks.  But this cookbook, and their follow-up The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day are packed with terrific ideas for using the dough.


Over the years we've shared some of the many ways we use the dough.  We make homemade pizza every week.  We never buy frozen or pay for delivery.  This dough makes it seem crazy to pay more for something that tastes nowhere as good and is half as tasty.  Our kids LOVE this pizza crust.


Here's just a sampling of ways we use the dough.  We'll update the list as we add more recipes to the blog:

  1. Pizza Dough
  2. Basic Artisan Loaf
  3. Sandwich Style Loaf
  4. Easy Naan
  5. Cinnamon Buns
  6. Pull-Apart Monkey Bread 
What follows is pictures of the step by step process for this recipe.  You'll see, it's incredibly easy!



really useful dough to make lots of meals and desserts including pizza and naan



The One Dough That Makes It All:
The Insanely Simple Dough Recipe You Need In Your Fridge All The Time to Make Tons of Things

(aka 5 Minute Bread Dough Recipe)
Makes 4 bread loaves or 4 pizzas


This post will take you longer to read than it will to make.  Hands-on time is about 5 minutes.  

Tools:

  • Large Plastic container with lid for mixing/storing.  
    • It fits perfectly in our old 17-cup Rubbermaid container, which I can't find to link for you.  This one would work great:


Ingredients:
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2.5 cups white flour 
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt (Don't use table salt - it will be way-way too salty!)
  • 1.5 tablespoons yeast (I have used traditional and quick rise with success)


Steps:



1. In a large measuring cup mix 3 cups warm water with the salt. 




2.  Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let sit to activate while you mix the flour.     



3. In your large container, mix the flours. (You can also use a stand mixer, if you have one, and then transfer your completed dough over to the container.  But you still get great results without a fancy mixer!)




4.  Stir the yeast/salt/water mixture to make it pourable.  Add it to the flour mix.  Mix well.

Here's the dough at about halfway mixed.
Notice the dry clumps of flour.  You don't want that.  Your wrists may disagree, but keep mixing, paying close attention to the corners of your container (where the dry flour hides!).


Fully mixed.
The dough will be a sticky glutinous ball that will 
gradually sag out and take the shape of the container.   


5.  Rise time.  Leave the lid to your container slightly ajar on one corner and leave it at room temperature for a couple hours.





 If you use quick rise yeast, it may be ready in less than 2 hours. 
We've forgotten and left it out for much longer (went out to run errands) and returned to find a dough monster had pushed the lid off and was creeping out of the container.  Don't do that.


6.  After the rise, clear a space in your fridge.  You can make and use this the same day.  A couple hours in the fridge are required to make it easier to work with.


It will benefit from an overnight rest and improves in flavour over the next week.  We have never had a batch last longer than a week and a half, but if you store it longer than two, you may want to cut the dough up and freeze it.  That likely won't ever need to happen.





Cooking instructions:  Go prep your dough and then head to one of these recipes for baking instructions:










  • Pizza Dough
  • Basic Artisan Loaf
  • Sandwich Style Loaf
  • Easy Naan
  • Cinnamon Buns
  • Pull-Apart Monkey Bread 




  • yield: Makes 4 bread loaves or 4 pizzasprint recipe

    The One Dough That Makes It All

    prep time: 5 MINScook time: total time: 5 mins
    The Insanely Simple Dough Recipe You Need In Your Fridge All The Time to Make Tons of Things (aka 5 Minute Bread Dough Recipe)

    INGREDIENTS:

    Tools:
    • Large Plastic container with lid for mixing/storing (approx 17 cups)
    Ingredients:
    • 4 cups whole wheat flour
    • 2.5 cups white flour
    • 3 cups warm water
    • 1 tablespoon coarse salt (Don't use table salt - it will be way-way too salty!)
    • 1.5 tablespoons yeast (traditional or quick rise)

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    Instructions:
    1. In a large measuring cup mix 3 cups warm water with the salt.
    2. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let sit to activate while you mix the flour.
    3. In your large container, mix the flours.
    4. Stir the yeast/salt/water mixture to make it pourable. Add it to the flour mix. Mix well. The dough will be a sticky glutinous ball that will gradually sag out and take the shape of the container.
    5. Rise time. Leave the lid to your container slightly ajar on one corner and leave it at room temperature for a couple hours.
    6. After the rise, clear a space in your fridge. You can make and use this the same day. A couple hours in the fridge are required to make it easier to work with.
    7. It will benefit from an overnight rest and improves in flavour over the next week. If you store it longer than two, you may want to cut the dough up and freeze it.
    8. Head back to FrugalFamilyTimes.com to get one of these recipes for baking instructions: • Pizza Dough • Basic Artisan Loaf • Sandwich Style Loaf • Easy Naan • Cinnamon Buns • Pull-Apart Monkey Bread and more!
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    12 comments:

    1. Have you ever tried this recipe with more wheat flour? How was the result? Also, what is the size of plastic container needed to make this work? Thanks, love the blog!

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      1. I plan to use more whole wheat flour in the next batch. I'm going to do 50:50 and see how it turns out. I'll report back the results! Thanks for your comment - glad you love the blog! :)

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      2. Success! We've done 50:50 whole wheat:white flour and it's worked out great. The dough is definitely more dense and a bit more chewy - but even the super sweet Monkey Bread didn't suffer from the extra whole wheat.

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    2. Thanks, I made the monkey bread too with 3 and half cups of whole wheat and 3 of white. Served it at a gathering at my house and people loved it so much they made me make another! Thanks for the recipes

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      1. Love that! Sometimes I think we should just make 2 Monkey breads every time. :) thanks for sharing your comment.

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    3. First time reading your blog today! I'm a big fan of this recipe as well. For the record, you can leave a partial amount in the fridge for a long time and then use it up (fry it up in an iron skillet in the morning for a version of naan) or incorporate it into a new batch for a tangier taste.

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      1. Great ideas, Evelyn! Thanks for sharing them with us here. :)

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    4. I just made it with all white flour. did not know I was out of whole wheat, so will see how that goes. I'm excited. How simple and healthy. Blessings to your family. Laura

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      1. How did it work for you, Laura? We started out making it all white flour - with good results - hope it went well for you! :)

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    5. Brenda Suderman GingerichAugust 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      I love it too! First time in many many years I've even attempted to make a yeast dough. And it Worked!!!

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