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#1 Old 21st Aug 2009 at 5:35 AM Last edited by sarah*rose : 17th Nov 2009 at 2:04 AM.
Default Yeast Recipes
I love working with yeast. Here are a few of my favourite recipes. :D

Cinnamon Buns

Makes 12
INGREDIENTS

* 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 2 eggs, room temperature
* 1/3 cup margarine, melted
* 4 1/2 cups bread flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
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* 1 cup brown sugar, packed
* 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
* 1/3 cup butter, softened
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* 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
* 1/4 cup butter, softened
* 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/8 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
2. After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
3. Roll dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
4. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

How to make it without a bread machine: Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl. Mix in the sugar, margarine, salt, and eggs. Add flour and mix well. Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour. Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Then pick up and roll out the dough.

Easy Focaccia

INGREDIENTS

* 1 1/2 cups bread flour
* 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1 tablespoon white sugar
* 1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast
* 1 1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
* 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large stoneware bowl, stir together the flours and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Sprinkle the sugar and yeast into that well. Carefully pour the water into the well. Let stand until the yeast begins to act, about 5 minutes. Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into the well. With a wooden spoon stir the mixture in the center of the bowl. Gradually widen the circle of stirring to take in all of the flour at the sides of the well.
2. Turn out on a floured surface, and knead just until smooth. Keep the dough soft. Pour 1/2 teaspoon of the oil into a clean bowl. Place the dough in the bowl, turning once to oil the top. Cover. Let rise until doubled, 30 to 45 minutes.
3. Punch the dough down. Use 1 teaspoon of the oil to coat a baking sheet, and place the dough on the baking sheet. Gently press the dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Pour the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over the top of the dough. Use the handle end of a wooden spoon to dimple the dough at 1 1/2 inch intervals. Sprinkle with the rosemary and the cheese. Place in a cold oven on the center shelf. Place a flat pan of hot water on the shelf below the bread. Let rise until doubled, 20 to 25 minutes.
4. Turn on the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake the focaccia for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned on top. Remove from the pan, and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm.

Baked cinnamon doughnuts

Makes 12

Ingredients

* 1 cup reduced-fat milk
* 50g unsalted butter, melted
* 2 1/2 cups plain flour
* 1 1/2 teaspoons instant dried yeast
* 3/4 cup caster sugar
* 1 egg, lightly beaten
* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Method

1. Place milk in a heatproof, microwave-safe jug. Microwave on medium-high (75%) for 30 to 40 seconds or until heated through (do not allow to boil). Stir in 1 tablespoon butter.
2. Sift flour into a bowl. Stir in yeast, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Make a well in the centre. Add milk mixture. Mix to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
3. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
4. Using your fist, punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth. Press dough out until 2.5cm thick. Using a 6.5cm cutter, cut 12 rounds from dough. Using a 2.5cm cutter, cut circles from the centre of each round. Place doughnuts, 5cm apart, on prepared tray. Cover with lightly greased plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C/ 180°C fan-forced. Cook doughnuts for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Brush doughnuts with remaining butter. Dip in sugar mixture, shaking off excess. Place on plates. Serve.

Pizza dough

Makes 3 thin pizza bases

Ingredients

* 375ml (1 1/2 cups) warm water
* 2 tsp (7g/1 sachet) dried yeast
* Pinch of caster sugar
* 600g (4 cups) plain flour
* 1 tsp salt
* 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil, plus extra for brushing

Method

1. Combine the water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes or until foamy. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture and oil. Use a round-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until the mixture is combined. Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl.
2. Brush a bowl lightly with oil. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in the prepared bowl and turn to coat in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draught-free place to rise for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.

Notes & tips

* You can prepare this recipe up to 1 hour before serving.
* Prep: 15 mins (+ 5 mins standing & 30 mins rising time)

Italian Pinwheel Rolls

INGREDIENTS

* 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
* 1 cup warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees)
* 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
* 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 1/4 cups bread flour
* FILLING:
* 2 tablespoons butter, melted
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
* 6 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, butter, salt and 1 cup flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with nonstick cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 12-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Brush with melted butter; sprinkle Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic and oregano to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 rolls.
4. Place rolls cut side up in a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees F (170 degrees C) for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack.

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I love this recipe. The dough is easy to work with, turns out nice and soft, and isn’t too sweet. I don’t particularly like that filling though, so I put pizza-like fillings in it instead to make “pizza pinwheels.” They are delish!

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