Yeast Bread Recipes

Whether you are baking up some soft fresh bread or dinner rolls, homemade is always better than store bought. Any of these tasty yeast bread recipes will hit the spot!

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A collage of various yeast bread recipes, including bread and rolls

Homemade Bread is Best!

There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh-baked rolls or bread filling your home and warming your soul. With any of these fool-proof recipes you can easily whip up a batch yourself!

Soft, warm bread also makes the BEST sandwiches and toast. We could easily eat a loaf a day!!

I know yeast can seem intimidating, so before getting into the list of our favorite yeast bread recipes, here are a few tips on using yeast:

A loaf of homemade bread cut into slices

Yeast 101

It’s important to know the difference between 2 kinds of yeast.

  1. Active dry yeast: Active dry yeast should be dissolved in lukewarm water (between 100°F and 110°F). It should start to bubble and foam within 30 seconds to tell if it is viable, this is referred to as blooming the yeast. It is best used in recipes that call for a long proofing time or a double rise. 
  1. Instant Yeast is also known as bread machine yeast or rapid rise. Unlike active dry yeast you do not need to bloom it in warm water before using it in a recipe. When using this yeast you can skip the initial proof and form the bread right after mixing.
  • Substitutions:  Keep in mind that ¾ teaspoon of instant yeast is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of active dry. When substituting, be sure to adjust the other directions too. 
    • For Example: If a recipe calls for 2 ¼  tsp of active dry yeast then use 1 ¾ tsp instant yeast. You can skip blooming the yeast in water. You can also cut out the first proofing time.
Pretzel rolls wrapped in a black and white dish towel

Proofing Yeast Bread

Most yeast bread recipes call for proofing or rise time. This allows time for the yeast to grow and create little air pockets in the dough. Doughs that don’t proof long enough are flatter and more dense. Typically you proof the dough until it doubles in size.

A warmer environment will proof the dough faster than a colder one. You can proof the dough for too long causing the puffed up dough to cave inward so be sure to check on the dough periodically. 

Kneading

By hand: When kneading by hand, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Add a little extra flour right at first, but be careful not to add too much. Fold the dough in half and press forward with the heels of your hands. Turn the dough, fold and press. Repeat for about 6-12 minutes unless otherwise instructed by the recipe. 

With electric mixture: Many people like to knead with their electric mixer. Be sure that you use the dough hook and that you do not over knead the dough. When kneading in a mixer, mix for 5-10 minutes.

When dough has been kneaded enough it will feel elastic and will not break when you pull on it. It will also keep its shape and not fall between your fingers, when formed into a ball. 

Two slices of wheat bread on a plate with a pat of butter

High Altitude Baking

I don’t live in a high altitude area so I had to refer to google for this one. Here are a few common points I found for yeast bread making:

  • Yeast dough rises 25 to 50 percent faster at high altitudes. Begin checking the dough halfway through the rising time listed in the recipe. 
  • Dough dries out faster at high altitudes. When it’s ready to proof you can lightly oil the top of the dough and cover with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray. 
  • Baking temperature and time shouldnt change much. However, the bread may brown a bit faster. If it browns too quickly before the inside is done, place a piece of tented tinfoil over the bread while it finishes baking.

Easy yeast rolls on a white square plate

Favorite Yeast Bread Recipes

Yes, yeast can be intimidating, but it shouldn’t be. Just follow each of these easy recipes to make some delicious bread, and we promise you will be so happy you tried them.

Here are some of our favorite yeast breads…

Bread Bread Bowl Recipe
These homemade bread bowls are surprisingly easy to make. Crusty on the outside, soft on the inside, they make a perfect vessel for your favorite soup!
5 from 16 votes
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Bread Easy Bread Recipe
This extremely easy bread recipe only requires FIVE ingredients to make two delicious loaves of homemade bread. Whether you're a bread beginner or a pro baker, you'll love this simple recipe!
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
4.93 from 14 votes
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Bread Easy Yeast Roll Recipe
These easy yeast rolls can be made in under an hour with just 4 ingredients! With how quick and simple they are, they will become your new go-to dinner rolls.
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.75 from 8 votes
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Bread Yeast Rolls Recipe
Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe that are delicious and perfect for any meal. They’re soft, delicious and a hit at every meal!
Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Bread Homemade Bread Recipe
Basic Homemade Bread – the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.95 from 376 votes
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Bread Easy French Bread Recipe
The BEST Homemade French Bread recipe – so soft and tasty!! Serve with butter or turn it into a delicious appetizer. Everyone loves this recipe!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.99 from 55 votes
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Italian Bread Recipe
It is so easy to make Italian Bread at home with just a few simple ingredients. Nothing beats a soft and crusty bread warm from the oven!
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Bread No Knead Bread Recipe
This no-knead bread has only four ingredients, and could not be simpler to make! It's the perfect bread recipe for beginning bread makers, and so delicious that even experienced bread makers will love it.
Total Time: 3 hours 14 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Bread Naan Bread Recipe
This homemade Naan Bread is soft, chewy, and simply delicious. You won’t believe how easy it is to make and will want it as a side to every meal.
Total Time: 1 hour 26 minutes
4.92 from 162 votes
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Bread Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe
Just like the originals, these copycat Olive Garden breadsticks are light and airy on the inside, and flavored with butter and garlic salt on the outside. You can never eat just one!
Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes
4.92 from 25 votes
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Bread Pretzel Roll Recipe
Pretzels rolls have a soft center and a chewy crust topped with sea salt. They taste just like pretzels!
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Bread Focaccia Bread Recipe
Crisp yet fluffy bread topped with delicious herbs and seasonings. This flavorful focaccia bread is so easy to make, and is perfect for sandwiches, dipping in soups, or enjoying on its own!
Total Time: 8 hours 55 minutes
4.93 from 54 votes
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Bread Cinnamon Bread
The BEST Cinnamon Bread recipe ever! So soft! This will be gone in minutes and will become a family favorite in no time.
Total Time: 1 hour
4.6 from 10 votes
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Bread Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread Recipe
This recipe for Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread makes a tasty breakfast treat! Delicious pieces of homemade bread dough, covered in cinnamon and a yummy glaze! The best part is, it comes together in less than an hour!!
Total Time: 1 hour
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