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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How can I keep the shape of my free-form bread dough when it is rising?

I have been trying to bake my own Italian bread, French bread and Rolls. I have found many tasty recipes but I keep having the same problem so I'm guessing it's my technique somewhere. Please advise ...
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Bread with no salt

I've been doing a lot of yeast bread baking as of late and I got to wondering what the salt in the bread was for. Upon doing some research it turns out (aside from perhaps some flavor) the purpose is ...
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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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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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Can you make bread with the yeast in beer?

I am looking to make some beer bread by substituting beer for water in some of my favorite recipes. I have heard that beer has yeast though, so I was wondering if the yeast in beer would work to ...
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When you try to “catch” yeast from the air: is it normal for the flour and water to split

I'm trying to "catch" wild yeast for the first time. 36 hours ago I mixed a cup of flour and a cup of water and left it out on a shelf with a paper towel over the top. It's been between 45 and 70 ...
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How do I fix my dough after I did not activate the yeast properly?

This is my first time making anything using yeast, but I decided to try making Dominique Ansel's At-Home Cronut recipe. Everything was going fine, but I realized that I had bought rapid-rise yeast ...
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Why didn't my crumpets cook in the middle?

I tried to make crumpets today, first time I've used yeast so didn't really know what to expect. The recipe I followed was: 450g plain flour 1tsp caster sugar 14g instant yeast 350ml skimmed milk ...
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Can you warm biga in a microwave?

This might seem like barbaric question, but is it possible to bring refrigerated biga up to "frisky" temperature in a microwave, without damaging it? I'm too impatient to just let the warm room take ...
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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 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 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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How can I make nutritional yeast?

I live in a country where nutritional yeast is not readily available. I'd like to make it. Anyone know how? Other forms of yeast, such as baking yeast and brewer's yeast are easily found here. I ...
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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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What is the minimum temperature yeast will be active?

We all know that warmer temperatures mean more yeast activity (provided a food source), and that yeast survives freezing, but what is the minimum temperature yeast can perform fermentation? As I ...
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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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Does preferment add sourness to taste of bread?

I have made bread using both sponge and preferments. The sponge bread does not taste as sour as preferment bread. Does preferment add sourness to taste? What other flavors can we expect? What can I ...
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Should a sourdough starter be left open/ajar after feeding?

I keep my sourdough starter (spelt) in the fridge and leave it out after feeding it. Should the jar that the starter be kept in be left open/ajar in order to encourage more wild yeast to colonize it - ...
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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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Where can I buy fresh, live yeast for making bread? (NOT active dry yeast)

Where can I buy live yeast? Who sells it? Can I buy it non-commercially? Does anyone sell it online? I've found it difficult to find, at least in the United States's grocery stores.
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How can I tell the difference between instant yeast and active dry yeast?

I have a jar containing yeast but I'm not sure whether it is instant or active dry. Is there any way to tell the difference? Thanks.
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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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Using yeast that's been proofed

I've just proofed a sachet of dried yeast and it seems to be fine (it's still foaming up the glass as I type). Can I go ahead and use that very same batch of yeast to make bread (by including its ...
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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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Red spots found in Active Dry yeast

I just proofed my active dry yeast in water and sugar. When I came back a few minutes later, i found small red specks in the yeast mixture. I figured that it was just something in the water or ...
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Small batch of sauerkraut smells yeasty

As an experiment, for my first attempt, I'm making a small batch of sauerkraut. Small like less than 1/3 of a head. Its setup is pretty amateur, no professional airlock. Anyway, it's been going for a ...
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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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What are the best conditions for yeast to develop?

I heard that there are two methods to develop yeast: in cold (which makes the dough taste better) and warm places (makes it develop faster). I also heard that I should use sugar to activate it and ...
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What happens when you add warm water to yeast?

I understand that the yeast activates, but why does this happen? Is the water simply absorbed into the yeast?
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Making soda with yeast

It is easy to make soda by adding sugar and yeast to a bottle of water and closing it tightly. However, checking different recipes, I did not get what is the best condition for this. I have a couple ...
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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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Does pizza need yeast?

I have been looking into some recipe without yeast. Jamie Oliver has a recipe in his 30 minute book that does not need yeast. Will pizza have less crunch or flavour without yeast?
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How to avoid collapse of yeast-raised dough?

I prepared yeast-based bread with both hand and bread machine. The dough looks perfect, but when I try to bake it whether in bread machine or oven, it starts to collapse upon heating. The dough ...
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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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Culturing Yeast in Dough

Can I culture yeast in dough without the dough going sour? I mean instead of adding new yeast everytime can I take a bit of raised flour and keep it for the next time? In this situation will the ...
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Can an opened pack of dried yeast be stored for later use?

I purchased a 25 gm active dry yeast. It says to use it with 500 ml flour. However I just want to make a couple of pizza bases, 100 gm each max. So can I use 40% of it today, and use the rest later? ...
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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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When should I add proofed yeast to a bread machine?

I like to use proofed yeast when making bread. I want to use a bread machine but all the recipes call for adding dry yeast to the dry ingredients before adding the liquid. Since proofed yeast is ...
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Sourdough starter developing alcohol

I have been dealing with my sourdough starter since about 1-2 months ago, when I started it from scratch with just water and flour . In the last 2 refreshments I have added some honey, just 1 ...
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active dry yeast vs instant yeast

This Mediterranean breakfast bun recipe calls for active dry yeast which is dissolved in tepid milk. What should I change if I use instant yeast instead? Mediterranean Style Breakfast Buns ...
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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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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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Home made yeast cinnamon rolls deflating?

I use an old time recipe that uses high-gluten flour, mashed potatoes flakes, sugar, salt, oil, yeast, eggs - I make them very often and lots of times have no issues. However, lately I'm having ...
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Why is my yeast so slow?

Yesterday I made a batch of dough for a bread-like treat. It was a mix of cooled-off mashed potatoes, flour, instant yeast, room-temperature milk and room-temperature water. According to the recipe ...
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yeast substitutes and proper measurements

I was wondering if I could get some advice as I have intolerances to yeast and have heard of a few substitutions from: baking soda, baking powder, lemon juice, milk and yogurt. The question comes to ...
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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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Buttermilk substitute for making creme fraiche?

I want to make creme fraiche. I have 2 cups of heavy cream, but I can't find any buttermilk in my Country. I've read that it can be substituted with lemon juice, or vinegar mixed with milk. The ...
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Issue starting a sourdough starter

I'm making my second attempt at a sourdough starter. I tried once in the past and I now know that I just didn't stick with it long enough and had a bad bread recipe, but with a little more knowledge, ...
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Can nutritional yeast flakes be used as a bread leavening?

Can nutritional yeast flakes be used as a bread leavening, or is the yeast really dead (is that what deactivated means?)?
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Sugar and yeast proportion while making sweet bread

Should I decrease the amount of yeast I add depending on how much sweet I add (I use jaggery) while making sweet bread? I understand that sugar (and by extension jaggery) helps yeast multiply at a ...