Though it looks simple, making bread is actually much tougher than it appears to be. However, making bread with yeast is also endlessly satisfying, especially in these fraught times.
The act of kneading dough by hand serves two purposes: it helps to get rid of Covid-19 angst, and there is immense satisfaction in seeing a shaggy lump of dough transformed, in my hands, into a smooth, springy ball.
Punching the puffed-up dough after proofing is even better. Take that, isolation! I’ve had enough of you, safe distancing!
Yeast is not even that hard to find. My colleagues and I have spotted it in supermarkets and grocery shops.
There is, however, one downside to baking with yeast. It cannot be hurried.
The first rising is at least an hour, most likely two or three. Then there is usually a second rising. So yeast will not do when one is in need of instant gratification.
Thankfully, there are other leaveners which will make bread that will rise high without the long wait. Baking powder, baking soda, beer and self-raising flour do the job in a fraction of the time it will take yeast to get its act together.
Here are three quick breads to make: Beer Batter Cheese Bread, Whole Wheat And Oat Bread, and Pumpkin Buns.