Fresh bread from some really old yeast

Oct 29 2012 - 4:25pm

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Melissa Richardson
Yeast Molasses Sandwich Bread
Grammy's Bread
Whole Wheat Cinnamon ROlls
Melissa Richardson
Yeast Molasses Sandwich Bread
Grammy's Bread
Whole Wheat Cinnamon ROlls

Two local authors and bread enthusiasts are rising to the top with their cookbook on a little-known topic: natural yeast.

"The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast," by Caleb Warnock and Melissa Richardson, has been "selling like hotcakes -- natural yeast hotcakes, that is," said Chloe Curtis, marketing publicist for Cedar Fort, Inc., which published the book.

Besides including enticing recipes -- accompanied by an abundance of vivid, colorful photographs -- the cookbook details the benefits of consuming whole grains and offers information on the upside of natural yeast. There are also directions on creating a starter, how to grind grain, and the art of kneading the dough.

Warnock, 39, said he believes this is the first natural yeast cookbook to be published in the United States over the last 60 years. The book, released in August, is available in most retail stores for $18.99, $12 on Amazon.com and at Costco. The authors say people will love the book if they are out to improve their health and diet -- or simply to try something new.

The book includes a wide variety of simple recipes.

"You don't just have to bake bread," Warnock said. "There are a lot of quick and easy recipes -- starting with pancakes and waffles and scones and pizza dough -- and a recipe for bread-making machines."

The Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls recipe is a favorite for readers.

"The Cinnamon Rolls are not only delicious, but they will make your entire house smell like heaven, and they are amazing with or without the frosting," Curtis said.

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