In its simplest form, the straight dough method, also called the direct dough method, consists of only one step: Combine all ingredients in the mixing bowl and mix. With fresh yeast, many bakers make good-quality products using this procedure. However, the yeast may not be evenly distributed in the dough. It is therefore safer to mix the yeast separately with a little of the water. If active dry yeast is used, it is, of course, essential to mix the yeast with water before incorporating it in the dough.

Instant dry yeast, on the other hand, need not be blended with water for use because it is moistened and becomes active in the dough so quickly. The usual method for incorporating instant dry yeast is to mix it in dry form with the flour.