My Fears... Conquered!

For the longest time, I didn't want to work with yeast. It was just one of those things I didn't feel comfortable working with. The proofing... the idea of it being a living thing that grows in the proper environment... the odd smell. Probably the major reason why it intimidated me so much was the gorgeous breads that could be made with it. I didn't believe I could achieve such success after a few flops I had in the past using yeast.

So tonight I decided I would face my fears. All the breads I've been seeing on some of my fave blogs did me in and I was tired of commenting, 'I wish I could work with yeast so I could try this recipe.' Thankfully some talented food bloggers were kind enough to suggest some recipes to try. Tonight I tried two... a sweet & savory (Click the link for recipes!):

Alton Brown's Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
as seen in the blog, Karen of Loves to Eat
(will be posting pics in the morning!)
Country Crust Bread
(adaptations of fellow blogger, Bridget of The Way the Cookie Crumbles)

Overall, I was so pleased with the way these came out, I've gained more confidence in trying more recipes calling for yeast. I've also become a believer that homemade yeast breads taste so much better than commercial ones (not counting some amazing artisnal ones I've had!).


  1. Go Joelen! Nice work conquering your fears. The bread looks awesome and I agree homemade is so much better than store bought.

  2. Good for you! My husband recently went through a bread baking phase... and I loved having fresh baked bread available at any moment... something about the smell of it baking... mmmmmmm!

  3. Wow, that looks great! I'm definitely going to try that recipe.

  4. congrats on facing your fears! they look like they turned out perfect.

  5. Congrats, it looks like you did a great job! See, it wasn't that scary, right?

    I look forward to seeing a lot more yeast recipes here! =)

  6. I know what you mean about being wary of yeast breads. I remember how excited I was the first time I made Rustic Italian Bread and it turned out amazing.