The One Dough You Need to Know: Baking with Yeast Premium class

Julia Turshen, Chef, Recipe Developer

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6 Videos (28m)
    • Introduction

    • Working with Yeast

    • Making the Dough

    • Making Raspberry Jam Buns

    • Finishing Your Rolls

    • Hungry for More?


About This Class

Few things intimidate home cooks more than baking with yeast, but it's the single greatest foundation for endless sweet and savory possibilities in the kitchen.

The secret? You only need to know one dough.

In this inviting 25-minute class, beloved chef and recipe developer Julia Turshen shares how to make a no-fail yeast dough every time — a perfect base for sweet rolls, savory twisted breads, iced buns, and more. You'll learn:

  • How to combine ingredients (properly!)
  • Kneading techniques
  • The how and why of yeast-dough rising
  • Julia's signature recipe for raspberry jam buns

Adding this foundational recipe to your repertoire opens the door to getting creative in the kitchen, mastering an essential yeast dough, and delighting friends and family with delicious baked goods at home!


Image: Julia Turshen's Raspberry Jam Buns

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Thank you so much for sharing your expertise! When I was a small child an Italian woman lived next to our family. She loved to bake. Frequently she would bring a loaf of sweet bread over to my family. My mother, brother and I would sit down, slather the warm bread with butter, and devour the whole loaf in just a few minutes. The closest thing I've been able to find is Hawaiian Bread. I would give anything to have her recipe, so I could continue baking her sweet bread for my family. These are some of my fondest childhood memories!
LOVED it! Was so much fun! So helpful to watch Julia's techniques and explanations. She took the mystery out of using yeast, and truly helped make it a fun "small victory" for me! Loved that she went step by step, and was just the right tempo.... not too slow that it was boring, but not so fast that she missed steps. My raspberry jam buns (and goat cheese herb buns) turned out to be delicious! Also loved her little tips that she shared throughout (like how to soften butter when you've forgotten to take it out of the fridge ahead of time... which I did!!) Thank you Julia, and Skillshare!
This was such a fun class. I enjoyed seeing the step-by-step process and Julia's teaching style was wonderful. It's a good class to take if the idea of baking with yeast is intimidating.





Julia Turshen

Chef, Recipe Developer

Julia Turshen is a writer. Small Victories, her cookbook, is forthcoming in September, 2016. 

She has co-authored such cookbooks as Spain…A Culinary Road Trip with Mario Batali, It’s All Good with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen with Dana Cowin, and The Kimchi Chronicles, Hot Bread Kitchen: The Cookbook, The Fat Radish Kitchen Diaries, and Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food.

She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe and has written for Vogue, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, and The Wall Street Journal.  She lives in upstate New York with her wife, dogs, and cat.