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Reader J.A. from Honolulu, Hawaii asks: I don’t own a bread machine. Could you please tell me how to make the dough for bread machine recipes without a bread machine?
Taste of Home’s Senior Food Editor, Peggy Woodward: I don’t own a bread machine, either, but my favorite dinner roll recipe starts out in a bread machine. Any bread machine recipe can be made by hand if you follow steps common to most yeast bread recipes. This method is for recipes using active dry yeast:
1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water (110° to 115°).
2. Add any of the wet ingredients such as eggs, additional liquid, sugar, honey, herbs, salt and most of the flour. (Be sure you’re measuring your flour correctly for the best results). This will be a sticky dough to start with.
3. Beat until smooth. You can do this by hand or with a mixer, whatever is easiest for you.
4. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. This can vary depending on the humidity levels in your home.
5. Turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface, then knead it until smooth and elastic.
6. Place it into a large bowl coated with cooking spray to keep it from drying out, turning once to coat the top.
7. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled. (If you run into a snag, we’ve shared 9 ways to troubleshoot your dough, too).
8. Punch dough down (hint: you’re just removing the air bubbles) and shape the dough accordingly. Let it rise one last time and then pop it into a preheated oven to bake as directed in the recipe.
That’s it! Super-simple.