Here we go...
First, get your bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid which makes things infinitely easier!)
Pour in 2 cups warm tap water
Add 2 tsp yeast
Add 1/4 cup sugar
Add a knob of butter (I usually use a little oil but had some butter on the counter that needed to be used)
Add 5 cups flour
Add 1 tsp salt
Mix for 5-10 minutes with the dough hook on your mixer, or by hand.
The dough should still be quite sticky.
Take dough out of bowl, spray oil in the bowl and place dough back in
Cover with plastic wrap
Let rise for 1 hour
Dump it onto a flat surface (I don't even use extra flour here - oiling the bowl makes the dough behave very nicely!)...
Doesn't it look like a brain here?!
...and then shape however you want. Tonight we had chili for dinner so I made fried dough to go with it as such...
I once again covered it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 1/2 an hour longer.
Once it was risen, I cooked the dough, then we ate it with the chili. Yum!
Do you like how it looks as if it's floating above the bowl in this photo? It was just sitting on the edge of the bowl but I'm really liking the optical illusion!
Some of us opted to eat it with butter and golden syrup - my fellow Kiwis you KNOW how good that is!
You can make ANYTHING with this dough! Bread, rolls, doughnuts, fried dough, cinnamon rolls, pizza base, breadsticks, pretzels, foccacia, you name it. You may substitute some of the flour for wheat flour, oats, bran, or whatever you please for a healthier version.
2 cups warm water
2 tsp yeast
Knob of butter or splash of oil
1/4 cup sugar
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt