Active Dry Yeast

When you think of yeast for baking bread, active dry yeast is likely what you are thinking of. It is dormant until dissolved in lukewarm water. Yeast is what helps your baked goods, dough, and breads rise.

Active dry yeast can be purchased in small individual packets or in a glass jar. Just make sure you put the jar in the refrigerator after opening to keep it fresh. You also don’t want it to start proofing if it gets too warm or humid in the house.

While there are a few types of yeast, active dry yeast is the most common. It doesn’t rise quite as quickly as instant yeast but is the easiest yeast to find in the store.

Yeast can typically be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store. If you bake often, grab the larger jar. But make sure you are checking the expiration dates. Once the yeast is expired, it won’t rise as well which may leave you with flat dough and bread.

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Mini Soft Pretzels

The bread machine can do a lot more than just make bread. Use the dough setting to help create the perfect fluffy soft pretzels!

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Homemade Fluffy Dinner Rolls

It’s easy to make delicious, fluffy, soft dinner rolls at home for a perfect side dish to any meal. In about an hour, they are warm and ready.

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Sesame Pull-Apart Rolls

If you’re looking for bread with a lot of seasonings and great for a crowd, try making sesame pull-apart rolls for your next gathering.

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Pita Bread Pockets From Scratch

Fresh, warm pita bread pockets made in a bread machine from scratch, are perfect to go with any Mediterranean sandwich or to dip in hummus.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts piled on a round plate with a white towel behind on a white and grey marble surface (with logo overlay)

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Paczki is a traditional Polish pastry filled with a sweet center. Usually fried, this recipe is baked to soft, golden perfection.

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Homemade Pizza with a Bread Machine

Pizza has always been one of my favorite foods, and now I can make it at home. I love the versatility of this pizza to fit it to everyone’s tastes.