Diane & Dan’s Bread and Pizza Dough

Diane & Dan’s Bread and Pizza Dough

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4 loaves
The enriched dough makes amazing dinner rolls.


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 10 cups flour, divided
  • 2 packets quickrise yeast


  • Scald the milk in a saucepan
  • Pour the milk into a large bowl (such as bowl of rotary stand mixer) and add the sugar, salt, shortening, water, and sugar, stirring until the shortening melts. Allow to cool to lukewarm.
  • In another bowl, add the yeast to 5 cups of the flour and evenly mix.
  • Pour this into the wet mixture, and blend using a rotary mixture to beat vigorously until you can see that gluten has formed. It will look thick and it will be sticky.
  • Using a spoon, gradually beat in another 4 1/2 to 5 cups of flour. Work in the last of the flour using a rotating motion by hand.
  • Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  • Let rest for 15 minutes covered with a towl in a warm spot.
  • Punch down and form into loaves or pizza crusts. Place in well greased containers, cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Ahead of the completing rising time, preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  • Bake for 30–35 minutes.