Fresh yeast, two ways

September 16th 2012


I’ve mentioned before that I used to be not so good with baking. General cooking, no problem, but the mysterious alchemy of baking? Not so much. But things are improving – proving, hah – and I had a fun experiment recently thanks to a lump of fresh yeast, bought for just 50p at my lovely local bakery.


Making the perfect from-scratch pizza at home has become a bit of an obsession, and I’m getting very close now. It has a Franco Manca style raw pulped tomato sauce on top, finished simply with mozzarella, basil and olive oil. I just need a wood-fired oven to get that perfect bubbly charred finish.


Then I made these Nutella-spiked brioche buns (based on this recipe) to take into my first day at Sidekick. They were pretty tasty, though kind of more cakey than bready in texture. I also realised that Nutella is pretty delicious, after years of thinking I wouldn’t like it. I still maintain it is not appropriate breakfast food, however: I couldn’t even face these bad boys first thing in the morning.

I have the leftover yeast sitting in my freezer now – any favourite bread recipes I can try next?

Comments (3)

  • Fionnuala

    September 16th 2012 at 12:48 pm

    “Nutella-spiked brioche buns”: now THAT is an idea.

  • Michelle

    September 16th 2012 at 3:36 pm

    The pizza and brioche look delicious. I’ve never baked anything in my life, but now you’ve inspired me!

    (By the way, the first link doesn’t work.)

  • James

    September 16th 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Well I’m not sure that this will count as a recipe suggestion, but if you are getting interested in bread, I really recommend reading Elizabeth David’s “English Bread & Yeast Cookery”. It is far more than a cookbook, the first half of the book is a fascinating social history, viewed through the prism of bread making . Only the second half is turned over to recipes. It’s beautifully written like all her books, and a work of great scholarship too. It’s just a great read, and of course it will also give you lots of ideas to try out too!

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