I wanted to make star bread for Christmas eve and ran across a few dough recipes. After baking the star bread (I need more practice), I saw that the quick sweet bread recipe may have other uses. I ran across a few sweet dough recipes but most took quite some time to come together. After digging for a while, I ran across one in one of my parents’ old cookbooks. This quick sweet dough recipe is an easy dough recipe that tastes great! It can be used to make star bread for parties and as wraps for baked pocket sandwiches!
Bringing the quick sweet bread recipe together
Add the sugar, yeast, and warm milk to the bowl you will be mixing in. Whisk the ingredients together. Cover the bowl and place in a warm spot for 5-7 minutes for the yeast to prove. Here is a time lapse video of yeast proving. It looks a little different with the milk vs warm water, however, you will see the yeast get frothy.
After the yeast has proved, add all the other ingredients and mix until well combined. The dough will be very soft and sticky. Lightly flour a rolling/kneading surface and turn the dough out onto the floured surface. Form into a ball and add flour as needed. Once a ball is formed, place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm area to prove for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size.
Using the bread dough
When making star bread with the sweet bread dough it is very important to use it right away. Also, it is vital not to over prove the dough. The dough will not keep its shape if it is over proved and not used right away. I have used the dough to make baked pocket sandwiches. Ham and cheese pocket sandwiches make great party food. The big hit in our family was the spinach, artichoke, and chicken sandwich. I used the ingredients from my spinach and artichoke pasta.
- 1 packet of instant dry yeast
- 3 T granulated sugar
- ¾ cup of warm milk
- ¼ cup 1 stick of unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- 2 ⅓ cup of unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Place yeast, sugar, and warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer or a bowl you are using with a hand mixer. Let proof for 5-7 minutes.
- Once proved, add butter, egg, flour, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
- The dough will be very soft and sticky. Add a bit of flour to a work surface and turn the dough out. Form dough into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl to prove.
- Prove dough in a warm place for 60-90 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
- The dough will be ready to roll out into buns, star bread, roll ups, pockets, or whatever you like!