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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Commercial yeast ( Saccharomyces cerevisiae) in a sourdough culture

I would like to know a good reason for adding commercial yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) to a sourdough culture and would it survive?
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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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How to increase oven spring? [duplicate]

I would like to ask if making a moister/wetter dough will promote oven spring? Since the presence of steam helps oven spring, I wonder if adding water will aid this. However I also know that too much ...
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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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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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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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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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Is getting rid of the dough the only solution when it smells of yeast?

I made pizza dough (it was ready to use, you just add the liquid ingredients -oil and milk in my case- and the rest is similar to the usual process of letting it rest and so on) the other day and left ...
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How long can fresh yeast be frozen?

I've heard that I can actually buy a large box of fresh yeast cubes, freeze it, and take one out of the freezer twelve hours before using it, to let it slowly get to room temperature again. How long ...
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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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How should soda made with “ginger bug” smell/taste?

I recently fermented a ginger soda using a ginger bug that I made. The bug seemed good to me - no funky mold growing on it, and it fizzled when I stirred it. The soda I made was good, but tasted extra ...
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How does yeast feed on the water

How and why does yeast grow and feed on the water? My children and I have been making yeast rolls and they keep asking why it expands,I don't know how to answer this and they are still waiting for an ...
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Explaining raising dough

I bought dough containers and would like to know a couple things: When I mix the dough do I put it in the refrigerator right away and can I seal it with the lid on or do I use seran wrap? When I take ...
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Why is bread dough recovery important? [closed]

Im trying to learn all about bread making as im currently doing my svq as a craft baker. One question im having trouble answering is about dought recovory and why it is important. Any help would be ...
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How do you raise your dough in cold seasons?

It is winter down here in Australia and I find it challenging to find a warm spot to raise my bread dough. What I have been doing is placing the dough in the oven (not switched on) with a pot of hot ...
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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 many risings for bread?

The background: I baked bread a couple of days ago, and I was out of yeast, so I borrowed a couple of packets of Fleischmann's Instant Yeast from a neighbor. I'm used to dry active yeast, which ...
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Yeast rolls spread when rising

I make yeast roll dough in my bread machine, then form them into rolls and let them rise. They are delicious but when rising they seem to spread out and not rise very high. What can I do to make them ...
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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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Gluten free bread in breadmaker looks weird and doesn't rise

I have been trying to make gluten-free bread in my bread maker for a few times now. It always fails. It doesn't rise how a funny shape (still the shape from kneading) and doesn't cook very well inside ...
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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 temperature of water will kill yeast?

In other words, what is the maximum temperature of water I can use in yeast bread dough? I don't proof the yeast, I use rapid dry yeast and I just add it to the other ingredients and knead it in.
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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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Question about new sourdough starter, specifically smell

I'm trying to start my first "successful" sourdough starter. I posted a question about getting it started here: Initial Question Since I asked that question, I started a second starter according to ...
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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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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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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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What is the optimal concentration of sugar for baker's yeast?

I'd like to do an experiment on what concentration of sugar would be best for fastest yeast fermentation. I'm thinking to put some active dry yeast into different concentrations of sugar water and ...
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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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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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Aftdr opening yeast [duplicate]

I have just used dried yeast for a bread in the bread maker but there is still a lot left how long will it still be good to use after opening it and closing it properly because the booklet of the ...
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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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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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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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Bread: Higher rise/coarser crumb [duplicate]

I tend to make a starter for my bread, typically a poolish. Sometimes I make ciabatta without a starter. I tend to see the same results either way. I give the starter 10-12 hours, then rise the dough ...
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What to do about yeast that doesn't work?

I am using a new container of yeast from the store; I keep it well-sealed (it's a small jar) and refrigerated. I make sure to use warm water in bread recipes - I check the temperature using a ...
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Making simple light cake with yeast

Normally, baking powder is preferred to yeast for making cake. I wanted to make simple light cake with yeast (using bread machine), but I face a problem that is not addressed in recipes (at least, I ...
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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 ...
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the yeast wont rise in my bread machine

I have a bread machine and when i follow the recipe putting boiling water, sugar, one packet of yeast, then let if foam for 15 minutes the yeast still isn't rising. What should do differently?
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Gluten-free alternative to commercial yeast when making gluten-free bread?

This link claims that yeast contains gluten, which is understandable. Yet today, a lot of people have a reaction to gluten that they are trying to avoid by becoming gluten-free. There are many brands ...
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How can I find out if yeast or yeast producing are present in foods?

How can I know if a food or ingredient contains yeast or yeast-producing ingredient? My condition requires yeast-free foods and ingredients.
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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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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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I added yeast to a recipe calling for baking soda, what will happen? [closed]

I have added yeast to a recipe that also calls for baking soda and baking powder. I am curious what will happen to the bread? I combined a bread maker recipe with a gluten free walnut cranberry rolls....
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Yeast dough won't go “stretchy”

I am getting the feeling yeast-dough just hates me... I have been using a basic pizza recipe: 500g flour 1/2 cube of fresh yeast 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. 4 tablespoons of olive oil 250ml ...
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New bread maker asks: how to make a bread loaf stay 'firm and solid' without a loaf pan?

I've been trying to bake whole-wheat bread from recipes that call for a loaf pan. The first rise works fine, but after I put the dough on the baking sheet for the second rise, it simply spreads out ...
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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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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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How much yeast is in a “package”?

Our Better Homes and Gardens cookbook calls for "1 package active dry yeast" in its pizza recipe, which is less than helpful, since we keep a container of bulk yeast in the freezer. What is the ...