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!
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:
It’s important to know the difference between 2 kinds of yeast.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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