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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Norene's Basic Sweet Dough

This is such a great recipe for cinnamon rolls. I have never tried to make some of the other stuff but my mother makes the cherry and apple loafs at Christmas time to take to the neighbors. They start asking for it at the beginning of every December. It is so good.

(1 ½ times this recipe makes 15 medium Cherry or Apple struddles
It takes 3 cans of Cherry and 3 of Apple pie filling)

1 c. sugar
1t. Salt
3 pkg or 3 T. yeast
8-9 c. flour
2 c. milk, scalded
1 c. margarine
2 eggs

In large bowl combine sugar, salt, yeast, and 2 c. flour. In 2 qt. sauce pan slowly heat milk
and butter until very warm (butter does not need to melt.) With mixer at low speed, gradually beat liquid into dry ingredients. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes more. Beat in eggs and 2 c. flour.
Continue beating 2 minutes more. With spoon, stir in enough additional flour (about 4 ½ c.) To make a soft dough. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Shape into a ball and put into a large greased bowl. Turn mound of dough to grease top.
Cover and let raise until double, about 1 hour. Punch down dough. Work the dough on lightly floured surface to make whatever kind of sweet bread you desire.


Raisin Bread:
Roll 1 ½ batch of sweet dough into a 9X12 inch rectangle. Sprinkle 3/4 c. raisins on top of
dough and roll up jelly roll style. Seal ends.put on greased pan and let raise double 1 - 1 ½ hours.
Bake 25 min. at 350 degrees, or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool.

Cherry or Apple Loaf:
Roll dough into a rectangle. Put on a greased cookie sheet. Spread cherry or apple pie filling down the middle. With a knife or pizza cutter cut 3/4 - 1 inch strips crosswise along the side of the filling, cutting from inside to outer edge. Fold strips alternately across mixture. Seal edges and ends.
Cover and let raise double, about an hour. Bake in a 375 degree oven until golden. Cool on a wire rack or cookie sheet. Drizzle with glaze.

½ c. powdered sugar 1/4 t. vanilla 2 t. water
Combine in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Drizzle over pastry for a nice effect!

Cinnamon Rolls:
Roll our dough in a large rectangle. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon mixture and raisins.
Roll up in a nice roll, sealing edges at the outside edge. Cut into aprox. 1" rolls with a long piece of string. This is easier than using a knife! Place on baking sheets and cover and let raise till double.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or til lightly browned. Cool. Frost when slightly warm.

Braided Bread, Wreaths and Christmas Trees for holidays:
For braid, roll 3 ropes of dough and braid. For tree, roll dough in a triangle. Cut 1" strips from near the center to the outer edge. Twist each strip. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Wreaths are made by forming cinnamon rolls in a ring. Frost with glaze:

2 c. powdered sugar ½ t. vanilla 3 T. water

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