The dough series: Episode One

I am quite obssessed with doughs. I like researching different ways of making doughs but havent done so in a very long time.

Yesterday I was inspired..  today was warm, so baking it was.

Now there are many different types, pizza dough, pastry dough etc. Today I made a slightly sweeter form of all-purpose dough, which can be used for mini pies, pizzas etc. The sweeter doughs are more common in the middle east.

For the dough you will need:

3 cups flour ( i dont like home brands for dough making as they do not give a smooth finish)

1.5 teaspoons instant yeast (check with your brand of yeast for measurement)

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 large tablespoons of dry milk

1 cup warm water

1/4 cup oil

Method:

Place all ingredients (minus one cup of flour) in a mixing bowl or a food processor with the dough attachment. If kneading by hand you will need to combine all ingredients together, and gradually add the last cup of the flour until well combined. Knead well (very important step).

If you are using a food processor, it will do the hard work for you. Mix in the food processor, adding more flour a bit at a time (1/4 cup at a time), until well combined.

Now, sprinkle a clean surface with a little bit of flour, knead the dough gently to form a uniform ball, place in a bowl and cover well. Place in a warm place and allow to rise for about 1-1.5 hrs depending on how warm the area is. The key is for it to double in size but not over-rise. Too much rising will make the dough taste yeasty.

This is the time to prep your fillings. Today i did one with egg and sucuk (turkish sausage) and the other with chicken, veg and cheese.

Once risen, scoop out and knock out the air from the dough. Form into a ball, then divide into as many pieces as you want. The shape of the end product is up to you, but remember it will rise again so dont make it too thick.

Once filled allow to rise once more for about 5-15 mins and then bake in a preheated 200-250 deg C oven until golden.

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4 thoughts on “The dough series: Episode One

  1. The chicken/veg ones were made by sauteing a medium onion with about 400 gms chicken thigh fillets (cubed) and a little bit of oil. Some red and green capsicums (chopped), untill the chicken was cooked. I then added some fresh button mushrooms (chopped). Salt and black pepper and some mixed herbs. You can also add chicken stock powder if you like. I added about 100 gms of grated tasty cheese to the mix.

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