Work With Yeast in Bread Making

Handmade loaves of bread are a treat anytime and easy to make once you learn how to gauge the warmth the liquid should be in order for the dough to rise.


  • Flour
  • Fresh yeast
  • Water or milk
  • Salt


  1. Make sure you use yeast well within its freshness dates. This can be found either on the back of the paper packages or on the lid of the jar type.
  2. Use milk or water that is warm so it will activate the yeast and begin to rise. The temperature needed is generally between 120 degrees and {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}.
  3. Note that non-instant yeast, known as granular yeast, the temperature should be between {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}.
  4. Test the liquid with your finger tips, it should feel warm but not hot.
  5. To avoid cooling if butter is used, it should be added to the flour mixture directly.


  • Can also run the oven for 1 minute at the lowest temperature. Turn the heat off and place the dough in the warm oven, close the door, let the dough rise.
  • Yeast breads are tricky and when you cover them to rise, use a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl to trap any heat rising from the dough. Also, an oven set to warm and the door cracked with the bowl on the front of the stove works well too, especially if you have a drafty kitchen.

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