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Sweet Yeast Dough

For use in sweet rolls, cinnamon, rolls, nut rolls, poppyseed rolls, Russian style pie, etc.



  • 1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp.)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ c warm water


  • 1 ½ c milk

Add to milk:

  • 4 oz butter (8 Tbs.) (butter needs to melt in the hot milk)
  • ½ c sugar

Beat till thick:

  • 3 large whole eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks (use the whites for nut mixture in nut roll)

Remaining ingredients:

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Zest of 1 lemon or orange (one tsp. powdered dry zest can be substituted)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 c (or more as needed) all-purpose flour


  1. To beaten eggs, add vanilla, zest, lukewarm milk mixture, yeast mixture.

  2. Beat well.

  3. Add 2 cups flour and salt. Beat well.

  4. Switch to dough hook or stir in remaining flour. Dough will be sticky and soft.

  5. Let rest 15 minutes.

  6. Knead 5 minutes in machine or 10 by hand.

  7. Rise 1.5 hours.

  8. Divide into two, form and fill.

  9. Let rise a bit and bake according to the form you made.

Cinnamon rolls:

  1. 2 sticks melted butter, sugar, cinnamon. Roll, fill, slice, bake on lightly greased pan 20-30 minutes at 375°

Nut roll:

  1. Beat egg whites till fluffy, mix with 2 cups finely chopped walnuts. Spread on rolled dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar and a little cinnamon. Roll up and bake in log form.

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