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Basic Sweet Dough

I have made plenty of sweet breads, and I always favored the Hungarian Coffee Cake and Swedish Tea Ring. This sweet dough recipe is my mother's, and this works out really well because it is an old recipe. I have also used others which were more recent and still turned out well, but this one is the best I have found. Use this recipe for the basis of your sweet breads.
Prep25 Mins
Cook25 Mins
Ready170 Mins


  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups cold water
  • 2 (0.6 ounce) cakes compressed fresh yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons melted shortening


  1. 1Scald milk in a medium saucepan. Add cold water to scalded milk. Remove 1/4 cup liquid; mix yeast into liquid when cooled to lukewarm. To liquid in saucepan, add salt, sugar, shortening, and eggs. Add dissolved yeast to saucepan. Mix well.
  2. 2Sift and measure the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the flour, and pour the liquids into the well. Stir with a large wooden spoon until liquid disappears.
  3. 3With one hand, mix dough in bowl using swinging rotary motion. Gradually form dough into smooth ball, then knead in bowl for 2 minutes. Brush top with melted shortening. Cover, and allow dough to rise at room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.
  4. 4Punch down dough. Use dough for any sweet bread recipe.