Baking with yeast had always been one of my kitchen fears. I think it stems from the idea that using yeast is science and needs to be perfect or it will not work. That is totally not the way I am used to cooking. I am more of “cook from the hip” kind of guy. I never really put too much thought into it; I just kind of let it happen.
I overcame that fear after perfecting my Best Hoagie Roll recipe. So what’s next?
Time To Start Messing With It!!
The other day I decided to make something sweet.
I started with getting yeast mixture ready. Mix the Yeast and sugar into ½ cup of warm water (100 – 110 degrees F).
In a mixing bowl, add the dry Ingredients and stir to mix thoroughly. Then add the wet Ingredients to the dry Ingredients and mix using a stand mixer with a dough hook. Place the sticky dough in a greased bowl.
Cover the bowl and let it rise for 45 minutes (the dough should get about double in size.) Punch the dough down and let it rise again for 10 minutes.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead. Then Roll out till 1/2 thick and cut out with biscuit cutter.
Place on a baking sheet (separated about 1”) and let rise for 10 minutes.
Cover with Chocolate Chips and bake at 400 degrees F for about 15-16 minutes.
- 3 teaspoons yeast
- ½ cup warm water (100 - 110 degrees F)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 cups flour
- ¾ cups sugar
- ¼ cups cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in ½ cup warm water (100 - 110 degrees F) add 1 tablespoon sugar and then let stand about 5 minutes.
- Add 3 cups of all-purpose flour, the remaining sugar, cocoa powder, salt, yeast mixture, remaining water, and oil into a stand mixer. Mix until a soft dough forms.
- Place in a greased bowl turning once to grease the top.
- Cover and let rise 45 minutes.
- Punch dough down. Let rise for 10 minutes.
- Turn onto a lightly floured Board.
- Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick and cut out with biscuit cutter.
- Place 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet.
- Cover and let rise 10 minutes.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-16 minutes.