Thursday, December 4, 2008

Make Ahead Bread Dough

1 pkg. or 1 TBS dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil or butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 potato or 1 cup mashed potatoes
7-7 1/2 cups of flour ( I like to use half wheat, 1/2 white)

Peel & grate potato into a microwave safe dish. Add just enough water to cover potatoes. Microwave on high 3-4 minutes or until potato is easily mashed. Let cool slightly. Dissolve yeast into warm water. Mix in sugar, butter, eggs, & salt. Add 1 cup of cooked potatoes or 1 cup of lukewarm mashed potatoes. Add in half the flour and beat until smooth. (If you have a KitchenAid mixer, this part is easy-I don't have one.) Continue adding flour until the dough isn't too sticky and can be kneaded. Knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. If this is all too much work, and you have a big bread machine, by all means, throw it in there. But take it out after it is mixed well. Don't let it sit through the rising cycle.

Place in a greased bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours. Will keep in the refrigerator for a week. Take out and use as desired.

Suggested Uses:
Pull-apart cinnamon bread
garlic pull apart bread from The Owl's Kitchen
Dinner Rolls
Focaccia Bread

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