Whether you are a proficient baker or new to the game, at some point you want to try new recipes that use yeast. Some links in this article are affiliate link that earn me a commission if you purchase through them.
I love to bake with yeast, but I know so many who are afraid of it. That doesn’t mean you should be!
As long as you follow a few simple rules, recipes that use yeast can be easier than you think. Better yet, it’s always so much cheaper than buying at the store.
When I first starting making recipes that use yeast, my bread was often denser than I wanted it to be. I finally learned to use less flour, and it makes all the difference in the world.
Let your dough be slightly tackier and wetter than you are comfortable with. Your instinct will always be to add more four to make it easier to work with, but resist!
I found the best yeast recipes that sounded absolutely amazing – and tested a bunch of them, too.
This list includes everything from breakfast sweet rolls to traditional sandwich bread to snacks and beyond. There are even gluten free options, vegan options, and more.
So go ahead, try something new.
And then tell me your favorites. Me? I’m off to go remake my asiago cheese bagels. My kids are begging!
Easy Yeast Recipes
Whether it's your first time baking with yeast or you're a pro, you'll love this variety of recipes that will keep you and your family happy and baking!
Traditional Bread Loaves
Of course you have to start with traditional bread loaves. Whether it's a bread for a sandwich, a crusty baguette, or a boule, there's something about bread fresh from the oven that makes everyone happy.
There is nothing better than bread fresh from the oven. This easy baguette recipe creates the perfect loaf every time. Whether this is your first time playing with yeast or you're a seasoned baker, you'll fall in love with bread all over again after making this.
This no-knead einkorn bread cannot be any easier. Mix the ingredients, let it rise, then bake until golden brown – all within two hours. Perfect for sandwiches or toast, this simple recipe will be a family favorite made over and over again.
Switch up your bread game with this fig and walnut whole wheat bread. Slice it up for the ultimate sandwich, or enjoy on its own. With no kneading required, you can whip this fresh bread up in no time.
This homemade carrot and chive bread is hearty, rustic and speckled throughout with orange and green from the carrots and chives. This country yeast bread smells amazing and will instantly make you think of warm summer days spent in the vegetable garden.
This no-fail wholemeal bread recipe uses just a few ingredients you can easily tweak and is perfect for beginner bakers. Best whole grain bread recipe that is ideal for sandwiches and packed with nutrients.
You can never go wrong with a classic Parker House Roll, but I have just as much love for a flavor filled roll. It's amazing how many options you can find.
New England Hot Dog Buns are a classic for a reason. The addition of milk powder makes the dough uniquely soft and delicious, and the straight sides are fantastic when toasted, all crunchy and golden brown.
Deliciously soft, these Filipino Bread Rolls (Pandesal) will surely become a regular in your home too. They're so easy to make, the hard part is waiting for the proofing. But trust me, it's all worth it.
This tandoori style flatbread is soft, light and fluffy with beautiful brown blisters just like those served in Indian restaurants. Once you crack the steps to make this easy homemade naan bread, there is no looking back.
You’ll love this Easy Vegan Naan Recipe. It’s an Indian flatbread that’s soft, pillowy, and airy with the perfect chew, just like your favorite Indian Restaurant. It’s made with yeast and vegan yogurt and is also dairy free and egg free.
Once you make this soft and chewy homemade Pita Bread that puffs like a Balloon creating beautiful pockets for your falafels, veggie fillings and hummus, you would never even look at the store-bought pita bread anymore.
This Whole Wheat No Knead Focaccia with Rosemary and Sea Salt is so easy to make. It tastes wonderful- slightly nutty from the whole wheat flour, which pairs well with the earthy rosemary, coarse sea salt, and the olive oil that gets soaked up in every delicious bite while baking.
This easy Dutch oven no knead bread recipe is made with only 4 ingredients and takes 5 minutes of prep time. If you want to make delicious homemade bread that looks and tastes like it came from a fancy bakery but actually takes very little effort, this Dutch oven bread recipe is for you.
If you’re searching for that perfect bakery loaf, look no further than this gluten-free bread. The recipe produces a beautiful artisan gluten-free bread loaf that can be baked with a crusty or soft exterior.
This no-knead whole wheat bread is perfectly crusty on the outside, with a fluffy, nutty interior that’s just begging for some creamy butter. Try it with your breakfast. It's the easiest artisan bread you will ever make.
An incredibly yummy cinnamon roll perfect for breakfast or brunch. Make most of it the night before so they're ready quickly in the morning. Most is waiting time, which makes it perfect for an overnight rise while you sleep.
These homemade cherry cinnamon rolls are absolutely delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Use a from scratch cherry syrup or your favorite pie filling with this straightforward cinnamon roll dough to create a sweet treat everyone is sure to love.
Enjoy rich, buttery rolls with gooey swirls of cinnamon sugar, slathered in vanilla cream cheese icing. If you love the kind of cinnamon rolls that are soft and buttery, and not overly sweet, this easy recipe just might become one of your favorite morning indulgences.
This Almond Coffee Cake Ring or tea ring is a slightly sweet yeast bread filled with almond paste and cream cheese and made into a wreath-shaped pastry. It’s baked until golden and then drizzled with icing. This recipe feeds a crowd and is perfect for brunch, and Christmas and Easter mornings.
Gluten free and vegan, these buckwheat bagels are the BEST. They are made of healthy, nutrient-rich ingredients like buckwheat, flaxseed, and psyllium husk. They taste amazing fresh, but also freeze then toast up beautifully.
Enjoy easy-to-make beignets that are deep fried so the outside is golden brown and the inside is light-as-air and fluffy. Served piping hot dusted with a thick layer of powdered sugar. An irresistible French doughnut that is a New Orleans specialty.
This Pampushky (Ukrainian Doughnut) recipe is a light and airy raised doughnut without filling. These traditional Ukrainian donuts are made into modern mini (Stampede-style) doughnuts and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.
Dutch Oliebollen (literally translated 'Oil Balls') are also sometimes called Dutch Donuts or Dutch Dough Balls. They’re a deep fried dough balls filled with currants, raisins and apples dusted with powdered sugar.
Homemade Coffee Date Rye Bread is worth taking your time over. Enjoy it fresh and thickly sliced. A dab of butter is all it needs. The combination of sweet dates, bitter coffee and sour rye makes a great simple breakfast.
Main Dish Ideas
It's amazing how creative people can be. Whether you take that breakfast cinnamon roll and turn it savory for dinner or do a copycat Uncrustable, you're sure to find a fun idea you'll love.
This simple homemade pizza dough recipe is perfect for any toppings you can add. It makes enough for two delicious pizzas, enough to feed a family for Pizza Night. This simple and forgiving recipe is a great introduction to working with yeast.
These delicious pizza rolls turn pizza night on its head. This cheesy chicken dinner is kid friendly and a great way to make homemade pizza for a crowd with less effort and time. Feel free to customize with your favorite toppings for a brand new family tradition.
Making deep dish pizza from scratch is super easy and fast. The crispy crust is brushed with garlic butter, the tomato sauce is simple and homemade, and between layers of gooey mozzarella cheese and ample toppings, this will be your new weeknight favorite.
If you've never made challah at home before, this is the one to make. It has the traditional flavors of challah with the added mild sweetness of cherry and chocolate. It's surprisingly easy to make and tastes amazing.
Delicious homemade soft pretzels taste amazing whether you dip in cheese sauce, stone ground mustard, or Nutella. Make these for a fun adult evening or use them as a kid craft to get them comfortable in the kitchen.
Delicious, fluffy and healthy, farmer’s cheese sweet buns look impressive and take a bit more than an hour to make. They make for a great tea-time treat, dessert as well as Thanksgiving or Christmas breakfast treat.
A tear-and-share dough ball and baked Camembert wreath is the ultimate sharing platter for parties. Topped with red pesto, this gooey cheese is crying out to be dipped into with buttery and garlicky sundried tomato dough balls.
Finnish Carrot Bread Rolls are a comforting combo of softness and sweetness, and they’re not even that complicated to prepare. Spread some marmalade, butter or soft cheese on them and you’re all set for breakfast or snack.
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