12 Yeasted Bread Recipes to Conquer

September 15, 2014

Let’s admit something few are willing to: Breads that involve yeast can be a bit intimidating. You’re working with something that’s alive, after all. The risk of disappointment from a loaf that does not rise because the yeast is inactive or the conditions aren’t just right may lead you to take the safe road to soda breads and biscuits instead of letting yeasted doughs play with your heart. 

But don’t let a tiny little organism like yeast daunt you. Baking bread should be fun, and the more you find yourself wrist-deep in dough, the more comfortable you’ll get. Up your bread game, then bring on the butter.

Dan Leader's 4-Hour Baguette by Genius Recipes 

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Saltie's Focaccia by Marian Bull

Ima's Challah by Rivka

Grilled Flatbread by erinmcdowell

Italian Snacking Bread by inpatskitchen

Cinnamon Swirl Bread by Amanda Hesser

Spent Grain and Herb Whole-Wheat Bread by cdilaura

Homemade Naan by Carey Nershi

Cherry-Hazelnut (Yeast) Bread by fiveandspice

Whole Wheat Pita Bread by Becky Rosenthal

Cinnamon-Cardamon Kringel Bread by Poires au Chocolat

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Ken R. February 15, 2015
Brookfield: There are different ways but my two favorites are, 1; turn your electric oven on "warm" or "low" for a minute or two then shut it off. 2; Put a cooling rack in a cookie sheet, pour boiling hot water in the cookie sheet and set your bowl of dough on the cooling rack so that the steam warms the dough. Both of those work well but be careful with the oven trick, that you turn the oven off before it gets too hot and also before you put the dough in and forget the oven is on!
Jordan M. January 25, 2015
When one is too busy(?) to spell out words in a comment, they are probably too busy to attempt bread baking recipes. This is not the recipe posters fault. Also the conversion charts for ingredients are all over the internet, in cookbooks and on some measuring cups. It's not as hard as it seems. I'm saving each of these recipes and plan to give them a try. Sure, it's scary as I've never done it before, but having the option to try is what matters to me. Thanks Food52 for these posts!
Darlene M. January 3, 2015
Most recipes r to much wrk. Wht is 350 mg 450 this n tht. We live in America not Canada, Ireland?
brookfield November 10, 2014
How do you get the yeast dough to rise? I had no trouble when I had a gas stove with a pilot, it was just right to raise dough in, Now I have and elec-tric stove and can't figure out where to put my dough to raise.
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Allyn September 15, 2014
I made Saltie's Foccacia and a cinnamon swirl bread this summer to help me get over my fear of yeast ( Saving this for my next yeast project!