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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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 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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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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cinnamon in bread dough

Is there a reason, besides the beautiful appearance, that cinnamon is added as a swirl instead of added directly to the dough? I heard once that it inhibited the yeast but I can't find confirmation of ...
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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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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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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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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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Rolls fall flat

when making yeast rolls mine will rise the first time then not at all the second time most occasions, I read about over rising first round, so I think this could be my problem, however when I do get ...
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Help! Liege Waffle excessively dense

I made liege waffles today and got a very dense crumb. I'm not sure if my waffle iron is not hot enough since it's a old model that only plugs in, no heat control. Any suggestions? Also, I left the ...
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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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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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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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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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Mixed bread dough shelf life?

I have just picked up baking confectionery bread buns and I wanted to ask how long can I keep a mix of dough, yeast and water in the freezer or refrigerator? The mix has no butter or eggs by the way. ...
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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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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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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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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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Does active dry yeast really expire?

I was cleaning out my spice cabinet and deep in the back I found two packages (e.g., six envelopes) of active dry Red Star yeast that expired in March 2009, 15 months ago as of writing this question. ...
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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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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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How did people make bread before sugar was 'discovered'

Modern recipes (as far as I know) for bread includes sugar. Sugar gives the yeast a food source, which supports it growth and allows yeast to give bread many of its qualities. It hit me the other ...
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What is a yeast cake?

Kids and I are reading a book written in the 50's, and there's a recipe in the book that uses one "yeast cake"? What is a suitable replacement in dry yeast? The rest of the recipe (this is from ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Can yeast be used as a main ingredient?

Yeast is a fungus. We eat other fungi like mushrooms. I love the taste of bread yeast (although it's a bit expensive to make a full meal out of compared with other ingredients). I know that live ...
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How much should yeast rise?

At some point in the past, I had purhased a large amount (maybe a pound) of instant yeast at a restaurant supply store. I transfered it to a glass container, and have been keeping it in the fridge. ...
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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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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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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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What would happen if I add wine to yeast bread?

Lately I've been making a lot of no-knead bread, not out of laziness, just love the crustiness and rich flavor. I was thinking about trying to make a loaf but use wine for some of the liquid because ...
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Expired instant dry yeast [duplicate]

Is expired instant dry yeast dangerous to eat in breads,cakes etc.? Is it safe to eat? I have 2-1 lb. pkgs. unopened has 10/30/2010 on it,doesn't say best if or sell by, just has date. Does anyone ...
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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 active dry yeast and I just add it to the other ingredients and knead it in.
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How to get a sourdough like effect without the hassle of a real sourdough starter?

I enjoy making bread, but the bread I make using standard yeast of course lacks that sourdough taste. But the process of making and maintaining a sourdough starter frankly requires a bit too much ...
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Will adding more yeast to a dough mean I need a longer time in the proofer?

For example if one dough has one tsp. and the other has two tsp. of yeast, would they need the same amount of time in the proofer?
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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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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 does halving a bread recipe impact rising time?

I'd like to try an English Muffin Bread recipe, which makes two loaves, but I only have one pan. I assume that I can simply cut the ingredients in half, but the one thing I'm unsure of is rising time. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Bacon Buns: How to make them softer

Recently I tried using this recipe to make bacon buns: Bacon Buns Recipe - Lithuanian Lasineciai The buns flavor turned out fantastic, however they were too hard and dry. How would you go about ...
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I'm brewing hard cider - what can I do with the yeast afterward?

I currently have a largish bottle of cider fermenting away in my kitchen. I will rack it in the next weeks. I prepared the batch from mashed apples (not juice) and I expect some sediment of yeast and ...
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Yeast 101: Active Dry Yeast, Instant Yeast, Baking Soda, Baking Powder. Differences and Info [closed]

I'm a little confused as to what are the difference between them, when should I use which? Also, how long is the lifespan and proper care after opening of these products? If I don't bake that often ...