Overcoming My Fear of Yeast

I love to read through recipes and start planning dinners around them- however, more often than not, when I’m scanning down the ingredients list and see the word “yeast”, I turn the page. Dealbreaker. I don’t do yeast. At least I didn’t, but yesterday that all changed and I couldn’t be happier.

The recipe to change my mind was none other than pizza dough. Basic, simple pizza dough. That’s what Deb told me, and though I feared that it couldn’t possibly work, I believed her (having already made her delicious pumpkin butter didn’t hurt in helping to instill a little trust).

All that was asked of me was to mix together flour, yeast (I used instant because my store was out of active dry somehow) salt, water and olive oil. Knead, form into a ball and place it in a greased bowl covered with plastic wrap. Let it rise for 1-2 hours somewhere warm- I preheated my oven at 200 for a few minutes, shut it off, and then stowed my growing dough in there. Push the air out of it. Let it rest another 20 minutes under the plastic wrap again, then take it out and roll in into desired shape (in my case, a deformed circular rectangle, in Deb’s case a perfect circle). Top it with whatever your heart desires and bake it quickly in a scorching hot oven. Enter pizza nirvana. Check!

I made mine buffalo chicken style, by mixing some sliced precooked chicken cubes with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1-2 tbsp buffalo chicken sauce. I also used mozzarella cheese and sliced green onions, but was really wishing I had blue cheese on hand to make this truly perfect.

Ta da! You can bet I was incredibly proud of my pizza. You can also bet that I will be making this again. Now that I’ve conquered my fear of yeast, I can’t wait to move onto more ambitious dishes (bread, or cinnamon rolls perhaps?).

The pizza dough recipe can be found here, and really now that I’ve done it you have no excuse not to try it. No one should be scared of yeast 🙂


12 Responses to “Overcoming My Fear of Yeast”

  1. VeggieGirl Says:

    Haha!! I too finally overcame my fear of yeast (posted about a challah loaf that I made). Kudos to you for making that lovely pizza!! :0)

  2. wholefoodswholeme Says:

    ok, wow!!! that looks incredible!! i’m glad you overcame your fear, because obviously it is worth it 😀 i haven’t worked with yeast for ages, now you’ve made me want to 🙂

  3. ChocolateCoveredVegan Says:

    Oh my gosh, girl, I *just* bought yeast on Sunday to try my hand with it for the first time! How coincidential is that?! Or is it just that great minds think alike?

  4. HangryPants Says:

    You’ll be making bread in no time! Looks wonderful. 🙂

  5. Kelly Olexa Says:

    That looks soooo good. Buffalo Pizza? Dang!!

    😉 Yummy!!


  6. lighterportions Says:

    This is excellent! I too have been truly afraid of yeast. I’ve never tried to make anything breadlike before (other than sweet breads aka banana before but that’s about the extent of it. and definitely no yeast there). But if you say it’s easy then I’ll have to take your word for it. I’d love to make a good homemade pizza dough. Yours looks scruuummmptious!

  7. lighterportions Says:

    About the cheesecloth: I actually stumbled upon it randomly in the grocery store a few weeks ago, just hanging in one of the aisles. You could probably find it in one of the “boring” aisles with all of the cleaning, household items etc. That would be my first guess of place to look anyway. I love love love straining yogurt now, it’s like my favourite pasttime hahaha

  8. VeggieGirl Says:


  9. ChocolateCoveredVegan Says:

    Ok, yes they were special mushrooms. But shhh! That’s supposed to be a secret!

    P.S. It’s your birthday? Happy Birthday!!!!

  10. lighterportions Says:

    WOOHOO for cheesecloth and strained yogurt!! 😀
    I’ve already eaten most of what I’ve strained. Oh boy. I can see this becoming a dangerous addiction. Haha.

  11. Erin of Care to Eat Says:

    MMM that looks tasty! What kind of buffalo sauce did you use?

  12. linds Says:

    Hey Erin! I used a Canadian brand (called PC) but the bottle just says buffalo sauce for chicken wings. I think I’ve used it on everything but chicken wings. Haha.

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