Bread, Dough, Recipe

Sweet Dough

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I’ve been using this recipe for about 6 months now and it hasn’t failed me yet.  I got it from my mom’s friend Bernice (who got it from a neighbor when her kids were little … and they are about my age).  I love it!  One note I would like to make:  I have tried substituting Splenda for all (and then part) of the sugar.  They just weren’t the same.  Splenda doesn’t have the same “bite” as sugar.  So, if you can’t have any sugar, just don’t make these.  I haven’t used whole grains yet.  Now that I’m more comfortable with the recipe, I’ll start branching out and maybe substitute some for the all-purpose flour but today I’m making these for other people (a memorial for my dear friend’s mother).

Sweet Dough

  • 1 package yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup scalded milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour

In a small bowl, mix yeast and water.  Let sit while preparing the milk mixture.

In a medium saucepan, mix sugar, butter, salt and milk.  Heat just until the butter and sugar melt (stirring continually to prevent scorching).  Pour into a large bowl.  Once lukewarm, beat in the egg and the yeast mixture.  Now, mix in the flour, a cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.  Pour out onto a floured surface and knead until it’s fairly smooth (I don’t knead this as much as bread dough).

Place in an oiled bowl, cover, and set in a warm place until doubled (about an hour).  Now, form into whatever you decide to make, let rise another hour, then bake at 350 degrees F until slightly brown (about 15 to 20 minutes).

A friend of mine just suggested this dough could be used to make kolaches.

For Cinnamon Rolls:

You need

  • room temperature butter
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon

Roll out the dough into a rectangle that is about 1/4 inch thick (the thinner it is, the more sugary-cinnamony goodness your rolls will have).  Spread with butter (I use a rubber spatula so I don’t stick the dough).  Do not spread the butter all the way to the edge (leave about 1/4 inch gap).  Now, sprinkle with brown sugar.  I think the first time I did this I used about 1/2 cup packed brown sugar.  Now, I just go by look (I want it everywhere).  Then, sprinkle with cinnamon.  I use a lot.  I make sure all the sugar/butter has a dusting of cinnamon.

Starting at a long side, slowly start rolling the dough tightly (I can’t emphasize this more … the first time I made these I didn’t roll tight enough and they unrolled while baking … tasted great, looked awful).  Once you get the the end, pinch the ends of the dough together (or, they will unroll).  Slice across the dough, making your rolls about and inch or more thick.  Place in a well greased 13X9 pan, cover, and let stand until doubled (about an hour).  Bake as directed above.   When cool, drizzle with icing (see below)

For Fruit Danishes:

You need

  • room temperature butter
  • sugar
  • jam (I’ve used blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, grape, apricot-pineapple)

Now, this one’s trickier.  Roll out the dough just like you are making the cinnamon rolls above.  I got the technique from Joe Pastry (  He describes it much better than I do (and he has great pictures) so go there and read how he does it.  He also has other pastry ideas that this dough would be perfect for.  I originally made it like he does, with pastry cream.  Well, I don’t have any today so I’m just going to spread the dough with butter and sprinkle sugar on it (I’m wondering if brown sugar would be too strong … I’ll try that next time).  Everything else is the same.

For Icing:

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk

For a double recipe of sweet goodness, I use about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, then slowly add the milk until it’s the consistency I like.  If it’s too runny, add more powdered sugar.  See in the picture on Joe Pastry’s web page of the icing?  That’s how it should look after you mix it.  Still white (can’t see through it) but liquid enough so it will stream a bit off a fork (I tried using a spoon and a tiny whisk but ended up with giant blobs of icing).

Bread, Cake, Cookies, Dessert, Dough, Kefir, Recipe, Sourdough

Sourdough Sunday

Today was my day to deal with my sourdough starter. It had been sitting in the refrigerator for what feels like 6 months being ignored. I stored it in a gallon mason jar, and needed the room, so three days ago I took it out. I poured it all into a bowl, added 1 cup warm water and 1 cup flour. I mixed it well, let it sit, and it was still alive! I’m telling you, I love this starter!

After my starter resurrected, I began my search for recipes. I have made bread and pancakes but knew there had to be more out there for me to do with sourdough starter. In addition to these first two recipes, I made two loaves of bread, except one I kneaded 2 teaspoons of minced garlic into the dough just before the final rise.

The best website I have found for anything sourdough is King Arthur Flour. They have the largest variety of recipes (with commercial yeast and without).

Well, this is what I came up with:

The big hit of the day was this Cherry Sourdough Coffee Cake from Better Homes and Gardens “New Cook Book”:

Cherry Filling


Cherry Filling (or use a can of cherry pie filling)
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened pitted tart red cherries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Water to cover
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used about half white and half wheat flour)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup Sourdough Starter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped nuts
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter
For Filling
Bring cherries to boil; reduce heat. cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Combine sugar and cornstarch; add to cherry mixture. Cook and stir until bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Cool completely.
For dough:
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Mix Sourdough Starter, egg, and vanilla; add to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Spread half of the batter into greased 9X9X2-inch baking pan. Spread Cherry Filling on top. Drop remaining batter in small mounds over filling.
For topping:
Mix oats, brown sugar, nuts and flour. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; sprinkle over batter. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden. Serves 9.


Next is the Sourdough Chocolate Cake. Now, I will share a recipe with you but it’s not the one I cooked. The one I cooked was not chocolate-y enough. So I searched and found this one. I won’t make it tonight…have to find someone who will eat the first one (I might have my husband take it to work…they eat anything! LOL!):

Sweet Sorrow Sourdough Chocolate Cake

Sweet Sorrow Sourdough Chocolate Cake


Sweet Sorrow Sourdough Chocolate Cake
2/3 cup shortening
1 2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup sourdough starter
1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup sweet ground chocolate or cocoa
½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
¾ cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream shortening and sugar; beat in eggs one at a time. Blend in the starter. Sift flour, measure, and sift again with other dry ingredients. Add to shortening mixture alternating with water and vanilla. Mix at low speed. Bake 350 degrees (for two 9” layers, bake 35 minutes; for one 9” square, bake 60 minutes)


Now, for the recipes I will try. Looking around online I found some wonderful recipes. These are the ones I am dying to try, once I am finished with my baking frenzy today.

This one I will make once I have a supply of homemade candied fruits and peels:

Alaskan Russian Sourdough Fruit Cake

Banana Sourdough Bread

Figure 3 Ranch Cowboy Morning Sourdough Biscuits

Mendenhall Sourdough Gingerbread

Old West Sourdough Biscuits

Streusel-Filled Sourdough Cake

Strawberry Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Sugar Cookies

Sourdough Sticky Buns

Sourdough Squash Brownies

Sourdough Spice Cookies with Maple Frosting

Sourdough Sopapillas

Sourdough Peanut Butter Cookies

Sourdough Oatmeal Cookies

Sourdough Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

Sourdough Fresh Fruit Cobbler

Sourdough Cornbread

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls


Sourdough Potato Bread

This page has so many recipes, I’m not sure you want me to list them all (but I will):

SOURDOUGH RECIPES from Richard Packham

SOURDOUGH CROISSANTS (makes one dozen)