This recipe comes from the Pioneer Woman and while the title of this post is fry bread, the dough can also be used for good old white sandwich bread. This recipe was so so easy and came out perfectly. We topped our fry bread with spaghetti sauce, but you could also make tacos or Korean Beef or drizzle it with honey or butter and cinnamon sugar. The options really are only limited by your imagination. I will note in the instructions when you would fry and what to do if you want to bake it up as a loaf of bread. Do yourself a favor and make these today.
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 5 1/4 cups of flour, plus more for dusting
Combine the yeast and 2 cups warm water in a mixing bowl and stir to dissolve. Add the butter, sugar and salt. Use a wooden spoon to stir in 2 cups of the flour until smooth. Add another 2 cups of the flour and stir, then turn it out onto a floured board to knead. Knead it over 15 minutes, adding the rest of the flour as you knead. Don’t let it get dry too fast; it should stay sticky. Put the dough in a buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for 1 hour. (At this point if you wanted to make fry bread, tear off pretty large pieces of dough and shape into rough rectangles. It’s totally fine if you have a hole or two in the center. Fry it up in a skillet with a thin layer of oil. Cook each side for about 45 sec or until brown. I got about 18 pieces from the full recipe.)
If you are making loaves, knead the bread for 5 more minutes, then put it back in the bowl to rise for another hour. After the second rise, butter two loaf pans and separate and shape the dough into 2 loaves. Place in the pans and let them rise for another 45 minutes. Towards the end of the third rise, preheat the oven to 400 and then bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown on top and cooked through. Cool on a wire rack.