Sweet Raised Dough Recipe You’ll Love

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You get several breads out of my sweet raised dough recipe.


Using a simple sweet raised dough recipe is wonderful to take advantage of with all the different variations that you can make. It’s so much nicer when you need a reliable base for baked treats such as raised coffee cakes, Easter and Paska breads, cinnamon rolls and raisin bread, good luck pretzels to other sweet rolls.

Another draw to using a sweet raised dough recipe it is less expensive for what you produce than using baking powder for sweet quick bread alternatives. I also love the fact that I have some much more freedom in changing what I decide to do to each form that I make from adding unique fillings, toppings, frostings, etc. from my basic recipe.

Some people may be intimated with recipes calling for yeast. My personal preference is always active dry yeast over cake yeast. For one, it seems more available in my area. Another is I buy a big one pound bag for less than $5.00 at GFS Marketplace (Gordon’s Food Service) because I bake all my breads instead of buying them.

The secret for any success with yeast is just not using overly hot water that could kill it. A good habit to get into is always testing the temperature inside the crook of your arm to make sure it’s not too hot, but very warm. Also, add a teaspoon of sugar to that water helps. It helps proof the yeast with all the bubbles that you’ll begin seeing after a few minutes.

If you’re more of a quick bread baker, I honestly hope you decide to take a chance and experiment with yeast. My recipe can help inspire you to expand your baking skills to make other forms of sweet dough or deviate the taste using my other recipes that I linked to above.


Sweet Raised Dough Recipe

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This sweet raised dough tastes good plain or with a simple powdered sugar frosting.



Sweet Raised Dough Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Growing Time
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Using a simple sweet raised dough recipe is wonderful to take advantage of with all the different variations that you can make from coffee cakes to sweet rolls, etc.
Course: BAKING, Breads, Desserts, snacks, sweet yeast breads, yeast breads
Keyword: sweet raised dough recipe, sweet yeast breads
  • 1/3 cup very warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of active dry yeast or 2 packets
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can 5.33- fluid- oz. evaporated milk
  • ½ cup melted butter or canola oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 7 to 7-1/2 cups of flour
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the very warm water, yeast and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Before proceeding, give the ingredients and stir and allow it to stand for about two or three minutes. 

  2. After that time is up, you will see some bubbling action afterwards to show you the yeast is growing. When you notice those bubbles, add the rest of the sugar, eggs, undiluted evaporated milk, melted butter or oil, salt, vanilla, and just three cups of the flour. I like to use a wooden spoon to incorporate this to initially stick the sweet raised dough recipe together. You will gradually be adding more of the flour until it forms a soft, but pliable dough that you can work without being overly sticky.

  3. When you get to that stage, sprinkle some flour on your table or the surface that you usually bake on and knead the dough a bit until shaping into a big ball or two smaller balls. You keep them covered and allow them to grow for about an hour.

  4. After that hour, punch the dough down again and continue growing for another before shaping.

  5. To shape, I like to roll the dough into long strips. I cross two strips at a time to alternate and crisscross them.

  6. Turn out on greased baking pans and let your shaped sweet raised dough grow covered for at least twenty minutes before transferring to a 350-degree oven for about twenty minutes or so, depending how your oven is regulated. Check the bottom to see if it is lightly browned can give you an indication that it is done.


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  1. Shannon D Citrino
    April 25, 2019 / 9:12 am

    My grandmother makes something like this, but she puts craisins and anise seeds in it…its soooooo good!!

  2. Rochelle Haynes
    April 26, 2019 / 1:24 am

    I would love to try this looking good

  3. tat2gurlzrock
    April 26, 2019 / 9:22 am

    This is a great recipe. I love that you can use it for so many things!

  4. April 28, 2019 / 9:29 am

    This looks so good and loved this recipe. Hope to make it soon.

  5. gala
    April 29, 2019 / 5:43 am

    I love trying new cake/bread recipes, thanks

  6. Zoey
    May 5, 2019 / 2:55 pm

    This sounds so yummy and versatile!

  7. kathy pease
    May 7, 2019 / 4:24 am

    This looks so delicious and I will have to try making it for my husband 🙂

  8. Wanda B
    May 9, 2019 / 5:55 am

    This looks simple enough and oh so yummy!!

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