Yeast is a one-celled organism that provides the leavening (rise) to breads. It is usually sold dry, in small granules, and must be activated with water and heat. Yeast is also used to ferment wine and beer: it consumes sugar, and produces alcohol as a byproduct.

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Does beer in bread retard the yeast?

I want to make a bread with a stout in it for extra flavor. The stout will replace most of the liquid content of the bread and I am worried whether it will kill the yeast due to the alcohol (4% ...
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What is “pizza crust yeast”?

Someone gave me a bunch of envelopes of pizza crust yeast, "specially formulated for pizza crust". The packets also say that no rise time or proofing is needed, and that it's "NOT recommended for ...
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Substitute baking powder for yeast in a focaccia?

I was going to make a focaccia-like dish, but found that I don't have any yeast. Can I substitute it with baking powder? How?
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Why are there no recipes combining both yeast and baking powder?

I've never seen anything with both yeast and baking powder. What's the reason for that? Shouldn't e.g. muffins get even more fluffy by adding some yeast? Or bread by adding baking powder? I know there ...
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How do I substitute proofed dried active yeast for fresh yeast?

I have a recipe that calls for fresh yeast, but I want to substitute a particular weight of dried active yeast for the fresh yeast. It seems from this question that I do not need to proof the dried ...
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Yeast for pizza doughs

We are interested in a good quality year-round yeast so we don't have to switch brands or adjust too much according to season.
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How can I cultivate and store yeast?

I am often making a basic leavened bread for some basic recipes, like naan, burek, focaccia, pizza, etc. However, I find that dry active yeast is prohibitively expensive, considering it is a ...
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What is the purpose of making a preferment for yeast doughs?

I have found a number of bread recipes that call to prepare first a preferment - a very simple dough with half the flour, water, sometimes sugar, and the yeast to be used. This is left to rise for an ...
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Why mix dry and fresh yeast?

We are currently preparing to bake bagels after a recipe by Cynthia Barcomi. Strangely, in that recipe she uses both dry and fresh yeast in equal amounts. When searching the internet all I can find is ...
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Having trouble getting gluten free bread to rise

I am new to gluten free baking and I am having much trouble getting my breads to rise. I have tried several recipes, with no luck. Can anybody give me some fool proof suggestions? I am desperate. ...
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How can you change the environmental factors to change the proportions of sourdough microbiological cultures?

How can you increase/decrease the proportions of lactobacili and yeast in a sourdough starter. For example, if I wanted a more acidic bread, increasing the lactobacili, or if I wanted a less acidic ...
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Does using a sponge in a brioche make a difference?

I want to make brioche and have seen several recipes. Some use a sponge and some don't. Is there a difference in the end product (flavour, texture, look...)?
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Are there any yeast-less breads that can be used as sandwich bread?

My son cannot eat anything that contains yeast. Are there any types of yeast-less bread that can be used as a sandwich bread?
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Bagels not rising

I recently made bagels following this recipe, but they didn't pass the "float test" (see step 10). I took them out of the fridge for an hour, put one in a bowl of cold water, and it sunk. I repeated ...
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Homemade Golden Ginger Ale

I recently made some homemade ginger ale. It was good, but it really tasted more like ginger beer. I was hoping for a flavor that tasted a bit more like golden ginger ale, sort of like Red Rock. It ...
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Why is yeast used in bread making?

This question arose today at lunch, and we tried to explain it in various ways: It gives the soft (spongy) consistency; It improves the nutritional content; It makes bread more digestible; It ...
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Why didn't my brioche rise?

This weekend I attempted to make this recipe for brioche. I did the first step and combined the the milk, yeast, 1 egg and 1 cup of flour which caused very big clumps and then I added the sugar. I ...
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Can I let my bread dough rise in the mixer bowl?

When I bake bread, I often let the dough rise in the metal mixer bowl. I was wondering if this is a good idea, as the metal is probably colder than a regular bowl and may inhibit rising. Would it be ...
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Exploding or alcoholic soda

Well, I tried to follow a very simple recipe from "Cooking for Geeks" for Ginger Lemon Soda. I made a simple ginger syrup by cooking ~200g of chopped ginger together with 2 cups of sugar, then I ...
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Does nutritional yeast expire or go bad?

I have a tub of nutritional yeast with a "best by" date of February 2012 (at the time of this posting, it's about a month past that). Is it still good to use? It still looks and smells the same as it ...
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What is the difference between a poolish and a biga?

Both poolish and biga are pre-ferments. Poolish is a French name, biga an Italian term. What other differences are there between the two? Just to give some direction: are there differences in making ...
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does bread have alcohol in it?

According to wikipedia, the byproducts of yeast fermenting (like done in baking it says) are carbon dioxide and alcohol (not necessarily ethanol -- the kind you can get drunk on). If that's the case, ...
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What is the best way to catch wild yeast for sourdough?

What is the best way to catch yeast? I just heard you can do this and I had no idea that you can do this. Do you grow and catch or just catch? This is to make sour dough bread.
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What are the optimal conditions in making wild yeast starter?

I recently learned that I don't need to buy packets of yeast to make bread. I can create a sour dough starter by utilizing the wild yeast floating around in the air. Take a look at this article for ...
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Why does my bread still smell like yeast?

I wonder why my bread still have a yeasty smell? Did I put too much yeast? I use instant yeast, 11g for 500g wheat flour. Is that too much yeast for that amount of flour?
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What is the purpose of nutritional yeast?

I have several recipes for seitan which call for nutritional yeast. I've never used it before and am curious about its purpose. Is it for flavor, texture, nutritional value?
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Does salt interfere with the yeast in the dough swelling process?

I was told by a friend that, when making pizza dough, I should add the salt at a later stage than the yeast, because it might disturbe the yeast from doing its thing... I apologize for not having ...
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How do I make brown rice bread rise without any wheat flour?

My brown rice bread is not rising and I do not know if I am doing something wrong or if yeast does not work with brown rice flour. I baked brown rice bread in the following way: 600 g brown rice ...
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How to get threads in a yeast dough?

I think I may make some traditional food for Easter this year. What I love most is a type of rich sweet bread called kozunak. The perfect kozunak is defined by many qualities, but what I find hardest ...
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What is the importance of letting pizza dough sit?

I am relatively new to pizza making... I've made 10 pizzas or so. I am having trouble understanding the process the yeast makes it my dough... I see recipes ranging from 1/2 TS to 2 TS of yeast, ...
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Can/should I use rapid rise yeast for longer proofing?

More generally, what are the limitations of rapid rise yeast compared to other types of yeast?
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Does active dry yeast really need proofing?

Several sources (e.g., The Bread Baker's Apprentice, The Fresh Loaf's Yeast FAQ, and even On Food and Cooking) tell me that active dry yeast must be reactivated by proofing in warm water, or the bread ...
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Ginger and yeast

I came across a recipe for buttermilk yeast bread which includes: pinch of ginger (helps activate the yeast) I tried searching around for more information about that, and the best I came up with ...
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Is 'Pizza yeast' any different than normal baking yeast?

A friend (Italian) mentioned that she uses 'Pizza Yeast' for making pizza, and one can't use normal yeast or it'll "grow too much".. I looked around the internet for "Pizza yeast" and all I found was ...
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Most efficient technique to prepare milk and butter for proofed yeast?

I have a recipe for rolls where 1/4 cup cubed butter is added to 2 cups of warm milk. The butter / milk mixture is added to proofed active dry yeast, and then a cup or so of flour is added to get the ...
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What is a nutrient for yeast?

I was looking at a recipe and it said I needed to add sugar, ginger, yeast and yeast nutrient and other stuff. I would have thought that it would be referring to the sugar, but can anyone confirm for ...
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If I have much lower than normal humidity, how should I change the amount of flour that dough needs?

I made some rolls that came out dense, rather than light and fluffy, and with much thicker crusts than I would have preferred. After the second of 3 rises, the dough was much less sticky that I ...
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yeast subtitution in a recipe with no water

I have found this recipe, but I want to use dry active yeast, rather than easy blend. My question is can I proof (right word?) the yeast in the milk? and how much should I use?
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How to convert a recipe calling for active dry yeast into rapid rise yeast?

I have a recipe for rolls where the first stage calls for 2 packages active dry yeast, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1/2 cup warm water to be mixed until the yeast is proofed, and then 1/4 cup cubed butter is ...
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Why let dough rise twice?

I'm just wondering, what's the point of letting dough rise twice? I've seen a bunch of recipes in the form: Mix dough together and knead Let it rise Knead again Let it rise again Why do they do ...
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Uses for Old bread dough

I found some old bread dough that I had left, sealed in tupperware, in my fridge. It has a powerful fermented smell, but doesn't appear to be moldy or otherwise bad. Is there any use for this ...
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Why use yeast instead of baking powder?

Both yeast and baking powder are used to gas-fill the pastry, make it expand and thus make it soft and fluffy. Using yeast is rather inconvenient - it can be dead already or if the yeast is submerged ...
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How should I adapt a recipe if using very new dried yeast versus slightly older dried yeast?

I make bread and pizza bases using "fast action" dried yeast (like this: http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries/index.jsp?bmUID=1287396076254 ). My bread recipe calls for one sachet, my pizza dough ...
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Why doesn't my bread rise in the oven? (Not first rise)

I've been trying to work on nice bread but am having issues with the bread not rising in the oven. The first rise after kneading seems to go well, as does a short rise after shaping but before going ...
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What are other uses for Vegemite or Marmite besides as a spread?

My Australian friend introduced toast with butter and vegemite to me. Recently I saw an episode of "Chopped" on the food network and one of the ingredients in the basket was Marmite. One of the ...
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Are there any substitutes for honey when trying to activate yeast?

Are there any substitutes for honey when trying to activate yeast? I have a bottle of corn syrup and was wondering if I could just use that.
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How much fresh yeast should I use if I want to use it instead of dry yeast?

I have a recipe that lists the quantity of dry yeast I need, but I have only fresh yeast. How much fresh yeast should I use, knowing the quantity of dry yeast?
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How can I grow my own yeast (sourdough starter)?

I would like to always have my own culture of yeast (sourdough starter) in my fridge at home. Does anyone know how to grow yeast and keep it alive?
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Yeast Aftertaste

When trying to bake white bread, I use yeast to make it rise. The problem is that I always get a sour yeast taste with my bread. How do I avoid this "sour bread" effect?
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Can active dry yeast be substituted for a compressed yeast cake in baking?

A "compressed yeast cake" is called for in each of my great-grandmother's bread recipes. Can I use active dry yeast as a substitution for one? If so, how much active dry yeast should I substitute per ...