Working with Active Dry Yeast

YeastBefore you bake that loaf of bread, let’s stop a moment and discuss the temperature.

I don’t mean how hot it is outside, I mean the right temperature of the liquids used to activate yeast so that your bread and rolls rise high and light.

You can be precise and use a thermometer, but as my Aunt-in-law Mama D always said – “Don’t make a federal case out of using yeast.”

I always listen to her.

The following three words are a great way to remember the non-federal case way to activate yeast. Read More

All-Purpose Flour Pizza Bones

The most important part to making pizza is giving it good “bones”. Nothing is more important than the crust. My standard go-to recipe is from my husband’s Aunt Jenny, who was better known in Minneapolis St. Paul area as Mama D.


2 envelopes dry yeast
2 cups warm water
5 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
1 1/2 t salt
1/2 t sugar
4 T olive oil Read More


BriocheSingleEasy single rise rolls. Kids love them because of the little “hats” you eat first. You will love them because they are delicious!


5 3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 t salt
2 packages active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs Read More