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Ultimate Simple Dough

Ultimate Simple Dough
This foolproof Ultimate Simple Dough Recipe can be used for practically ANYTHING: cinnamon rolls, bread rolls, sandwich bread or pizza!



  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (or honey)
  • 3 3/4 cups (476g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, stir together the milk, water, and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until the yeast is foamy and dissolved. Add in the egg and sugar, stirring to combine.
  • Add in half the flour, stirring until absorbed. Add in the salt. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add in the remaining flour until combined. Increase speed to medium low and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 7 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and place inside a greased mixing bowl. Turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Punch the dough down. Now the dough is ready to be shaped and used as you wish. See notes below for suggestions on what to make.


Pizza: After the dough has doubled in size for the first rise, roll it out into about a 12-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Brush with olive oil before adding your sauce, cheese, and desired toppings. Bake on a preheated pizza stone, or on a flat baking tray, at 450°F for about 10 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.
Dinner Rolls: Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. After the dough has risen for the first time, punch down. Divide the dough into 15 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a tight, smooth ball and place in the prepared pan. Brush with 1 tablespoon melted butter and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Lightly cover and let rise until puffy and doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with more melted butter, if desired. Serve warm.
Recipe by Handle the Heat.

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Try these other recipes using the Ultimate Simple Dough:

Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls
Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls
Ultimate Sandwich Bread
Ultimate Sandwich Bread

Review & Comments

cindy | Reply

I don’t have the platinum yeast just the regular kind. Can I use it in the pizza dough recipes? I plan on making pizza tonight for dinner.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Cindy – Yes, you can substitute Red Star Active Dry Yeast or Quick Rise Yeast 1-for-1. Just keep an eye on the dough as rise times may vary.
Happy baking!

Janet Poff | Reply

What is the window pane test?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Janet – The window pane test is used to determine if the dough has been kneaded enough. More information and a window pane picture can be found in our Baking Steps Guide here.
Happy baking!

Wanda | Reply

Hi can you freeze the dough for later use?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Wanda – we don’t recommend freezing the dough because it will cause damage to the dough structure and yeast cells; however we have freezing tips here.
Tessa also has freezing tips here.
Happy baking!

Shari | Reply

KitchenAide doesn’t recommend mixing dough past the setting of 2. I sometimes struggle with this and the mixing time, so would this be one of those times when the “window” test would tell you if the dough is ready for the rising stage? I would really love to make the Cinnamon Rolls, but the last time, it didn’t work out well at all. Thanks!

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Shari – Yes, we recommend using the window pane test to determine if the dough is fully kneaded.

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