Bread and Roll Recipes Archives
Here you'll find all my bread recipes, friends. Sandwich breads, dinner rolls, even flatbreads and pizza. I also provide a lot of information about making bread including some videos.
If you prefer to go straight to the recipes, just click below. Otherwise, read on to learn more about making bread.
If you are looking for sweet breads such as cinnamon rolls or yeasted coffee cake, you'll find those in the Sweet Yeasted Goodness category.
This category is for more savory bread including pizza, dinner rolls and more.
Here are a couple of my favorite bread recipes you might like to try.
And for those of you who'd like a bit more information on how to bake bread, please read on.
IS BREAD HARD TO MAKE?
Honestly, bread isn’t that hard to make.
As long as your yeast is alive and has enough to eat, it’s going to release carbon dioxide and make your bread rise.
That’s what yeast does, and it’s very reliable about doing it.
Kinds of Yeast
There are two broad types of yeast:
*bread yeast: yeast that has been optimized for eating starches and putting off a relatively small amount of alcohol
*brewing yeast: yeast that has been optimized for eating simple sugars (in fruit) and putting off a relatively large amount of alcohol
At a certain point in time, all the yeast was the same, both for baking and for brewing, but humans like to tinker, and tinker they did until they had strains of yeast that were optimal for doing what they wanted: either leavening bread or fermenting sweet liquids.
Types of Bread Yeast
When it comes to bread yeast, there are 3 main types:
*fresh yeast: comes in moist cakes that are sticky and compact. Must be kept refrigerated and will spoil if not used fairly quickly
*active dry yeast: comes dried in little granules that you generally activate or proof in some warm water before adding to your recipe
*instant yeast: comes in very fine grains that can be added directly to your recipe along with the dry ingredients
For home use, most people choose either active dry or instant yeast since both keep for much longer periods of time than fresh yeast.
For long-term storage, keep your yeast in a tightly covered container in the fridge.
Difference Between Brewers Yeast and "Regular" Yeast?
Brewers Yeast is an inactive form of yeast that is made as a dietary supplement.
You cannot make bread with any sort of inactive yeast, because your bread won't rise.
Nutritional yeast is another form of yeast that is made as a food product and cannot be used to make bread, although you could add it for flavor if you wanted to.
Regular or active yeast--including active dry and instant yeast--is specifically designed for making leavened (risen) loaves of bread.
Can You Bake Bread with Brewing Yeast?
You can purchase different types of yeast optimized for brewing beer or making wine, and you can use it in your bread making.
Note that your rise times will generally be slower than when using bread yeast, because yeast used for brewing beer is better at "eating" simple sugars rather than breaking down starches into simple sugars.
When baking with beer yeast or other yeast used in brewing or fermenting, definitely add a touch of sugar to the mix to give the yeast something to munch on right out of the gate.
You may be surprised by how much you enjoy using beer yeast for making bread. Some wonderful flavors develop that aren't present when using standard baking yeast.
DO I NEED A STAND MIXER TO MAKE BREAD?
People have been making bread since the dawn of time. Well before anyone ever dreamed of a stand mixer.
That is to say, no you don’t really need a stand mixer. In fact, there are plenty of breads out there that are no-knead and all you need to make them is a bowl and a wooden spoon.
But if you plan on making a classic sandwich bread, for example, that dough contains less water than a no-knead bread and would take a long time to knead by hand.
That’s not to say that a stand mixer isn’t a helpful piece of equipment, especially if you want to make bread frequently.
You can even get a bread maker and never even need to touch the bread.
Many folks like to use their bread makers to make the dough and then finish by hand.
All you have to do is decide how much time you have to make bread and how hands-on you want to be.
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You may want to take a look at signing up for a Master Class on bread baking.
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Bread Making Videos
First up is a general discussion of making bread:
Next up, here's a close look at making and kneading bread dough:
Last up, here's the standard way to shape, pan, and bake your bread:
I hope this discussion has been helpful for you.
If you have any questions about any of my bread recipes (or any baking questions, really), please feel free to email me.