Recipe for Making Bread With Fast-Action Dried Yeast
How to Bake Bread with Yeast From Scratch
This from-scratch bread is quick and easy to make, and it tastes just like what you'd get in the stores and bakeries. Using fast-action dried yeast enables you to make this bread very quickly, as the dough requires only 30 minutes to rise. I have included step-by-step instructions as well as my own photos to help guide you through the process.
- 750 g (21 oz) plain flour (or cake flour)
- 25 g (1 oz) butter
- 3/4 pint warm water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 7 g (1 sachet) fast-action dried yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Step 1: Make the Dough
- Add the flour to a large mixing bowl.
- Add in the dried yeast, sugar and salt. Mix these ingredients together.
- Add the butter and crumble into the mixture.
- Make a hole in the centre and pour in half the water. Mix with a knife.
- Gradually add the remaining water until you have a dough that is a little sticky to the touch.
Step 2: Knead the Dough
- Sprinkle some flour onto a flat surface.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and place on the flour. Add a little flour onto the top of the dough.
- Knead the dough by turning it around again and again. Do this for 10 minutes.
- Grease a baking tray with some butter.
- Place the dough onto the baking tray and shape it.
Step 3: Allow the Dough to Rise
- Cover the dough with Saran wrap (cling film).
- Place in a warm place so that it can rise to double its size. This will take about 30 minutes.
Step 4: Bake
- Preheat the oven to 230 C (210 F) Gas mark 8.
- After the dough has doubled in size, remove the Saran wrap and place the baking tray in the oven.
- Bake for 30–35 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and test to see if the bread is cooked inside.
How to Test to See if the Bread Is Cooked
- Use a thin skewer or knife to stick into the bread. If it comes out dry then the bread is cooked enough.
- You can also turn the baked loaf over on its side and tap it with your knuckles on the bottom part. If it sounds hollow then it is cooked enough.
- Allow the bread cool before cutting into slices when needed.
A Quick and Easy Bread Recipe
As you can see from the instructions above, this recipe really is easy enough for even a beginner to bake. This is because the yeast is a new 'fast action' one. This means you only have to wait for it to rise for 30 minutes. This eliminates all that extra time that used to be needed with ordinary yeast.
I also make Irish soda bread that does not use yeast at all. This Irish bread has a distinct and delicious taste. But the bread recipe above tastes more like what you can buy in stores and bakeries.