The Linked List: A Chain Recipe Adventure

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Chain recipes, those delightful culinary traditions passed down through families and friend groups, hold a special place in our hearts. Often simple, yet bursting with flavor, they offer a comforting taste of nostalgia and a fun way to connect with loved ones. Today, we’re diving into the world of chain recipes with a versatile base dough that can be transformed into countless sweet and savory treats.


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2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)

  • 1 cup warm milk (105°F to 115°F)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • Directions:

    1. Activate the Yeast: In a large bowl, combine warm milk, sugar, and yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until the yeast begins to foam.

    2. Whisk in Wet Ingredients: Add the egg and whisk until well combined.

    3. Mix in Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing with a wooden spoon until a shaggy dough forms.

    4. Knead the Dough: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Add more flour by the tablespoon if the dough feels sticky.

    5. First Rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

    Now comes the fun part! This dough can be used for a variety of delicious treats. Here are a few ideas:

    Cinnamon Rolls: Roll out the dough into a large rectangle, spread with softened butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and roll up tightly. Slice into individual rolls, place in a greased baking dish, and let rise for another 30 minutes. Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Drizzle with cream cheese frosting for an extra treat.

  • Pizza Dough: Preheat your oven to its highest setting (usually around 500°F). Roll out the dough to your desired thickness on a lightly floured surface. Top with your favorite pizza sauce and toppings, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Calzones: Roll out the dough into circles. Fill one half with your favorite savory ingredients, such as ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and chopped vegetables. Fold the dough over the filling, seal the edges with a fork, and bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

  • These are just a few suggestions – the possibilities are endless! Get creative and experiment with different fillings and shapes to create your own unique chain recipe tradition.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, based on cinnamon rolls):

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 250mg
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 5g

  • Please note: These are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and fillings used.


    Chain recipes are more than just a collection of ingredients and steps; they’re a way to connect with loved ones, share traditions, and create lasting memories. With this versatile dough recipe as your base, you can embark on a delicious culinary journey, creating new treats and traditions to share for generations to come.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use this dough for bread? Absolutely! Simply skip the sugar and cinnamon sugar filling, and bake the dough in a loaf pan for 30-35 minutes at 375°F, or until golden brown and cooked through.

    2. What if my dough doesn’t rise? Make sure the milk is warm enough (around 105°F to 115°F) and that the yeast is fresh and active. Try letting the dough rise in a warmer location.

    3. Can I substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour? Yes, you can! You may need to adjust the amount of water slightly, as whole wheat flour absorbs more liquid. Start by replacing half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, and add water by the tablespoon until the dough reaches the desired consistency.