The flavor of this dough is faintly cheesy and the texture softer than most doughs.
If you like a less chewy crust, you will enjoy this one.
4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup (1/4 pound) butter
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 packages dry yeast
Put the butter and the buttermilk in a saucepan and place it over a low flame.
Warm the milk slowly so the butter melts in it. Do not let the milk get hot.
Stir the yeast and sugar into 1/2 cup of warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Sift 4 cups of flour, the salt, and baking powder into a large bowl.
Stir in the warm milk and melted butter.
Add the yeast mixture.
Mix the ingredients thoroughly and then turn them out onto a floured board. Knead for 8 minutes, incorporating
more flour into the dough if necessary to keep it from being too sticky.
When the dough has reached a smooth consistency, put it into a clean bowl and brush vegetable
oil over the top of the dough. Cover with a clean towel and place in a warm, draft-free
place for 1 1/2 hours.