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No ‘knead’ to stress when making yeast bread

Fresh loaf of bread next to rising dough and a bowl of water

A yeast bread may feel intimidating to make, but even a novice baker can pull off making a basic loaf. Yeast breads, of course, use yeast to make the dough rise. Yeast is sold in individual packages or jars. Be sure to refrigerate after opening and check the expiration date, as it will weaken and die over time. Kneading the dough is the fun part. You can use a stand mixer with a dough hook, but I prefer to knead by hand where I can feel the dough. Through experience, I’ve learned when I’ve added too much flour, which will yield crumbly, dry bread or not enough flour, making a sticky mess. Kneading is done by the heels of the hand, pushing the dough away from you with a rocking motion. It can take as long as 10 minutes until the dough looks smooth and no longer sticks to your hand.

About the Author


Jenna Smith is a Nutrition and Wellness Educator with University of Illinois Extension, serving Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Counties. Smith uses her experience as a registered dietitian nutritionist to deliver impactful information and cutting-edge programs to Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Counties and beyond.