Questions tagged [yeast]

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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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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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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How was the usage of yeast for bread discovered?

From where did people get the yeast for their bread??
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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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Bread machine yeast substitute active to quick rise

Bread machine calls for active dry yeast. I have quick rise yeast can I still use it.The recipe calls for 1/4 cup water.Do I need to add the water to the recipe.
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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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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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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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Using fresh compressed cake yeast in bread machine

While using compressed cake yeast in bread machine it rises well for the first rise but on the second rise it does not rise well and I get a deep concave surface , I typically add 3x the dry yeast ...
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active dry yeast and rapid rise yeast [duplicate]

My recipe calls for 1 packet active dry yeast. All I have is rapid rise instant yeast. How much instant yeast do I use in substitution?
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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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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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Can i freeze dough without killing the yeast?

I want to freeze unbaked dinner rolls. Can I do it after the first rising or the shaping or the second rising or do i have to partially bake them to prevent killing the yeast?
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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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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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Is this yeast classed as instant yeast?

I want to do this recipe which contains these ingredients for the bread part.. 250g/9oz strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting 5g salt 8g instant yeast 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter, softened, ...
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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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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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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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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 [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (Yield: ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...