Commercial yeast comes in various forms. Fresh yeast, sold in compressed cakes in the refrigerated section of your supermarket, was the first to appear on the market. This yeast is alive, active and ready to add directly to your mixer. Active dry yeast is composed of dormant yeast cells coated in a protective shell of starch and yeast by-products. Soak it in warm water to dissolve the coating and reactivate the yeast. Quick-rise yeast, or bread-machine yeast, is produced in finer particles that do not need pre-soaking.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Bread dough ingredients
- Quick-rise yeast
- Mixer or bread machine
Skip the stage of soaking the yeast in warm water. This is not necessary with quick-acting yeast.
Add the quick-acting yeast to the dry ingredients. Don't let it come into direct contact with the salt and sugar, which will inhibit the yeast's activity.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients in your bread machine or mixer. Knead until the wet and dry ingredients come together in a smooth, elastic dough.
Let the dough rise until doubled in size. Punch it down, and shape the dough into loaves. Bread dough made with quick-rise yeast doesn't require a second rise before it is placed in the pans.
Bake the bread as you normally would, once it has risen again in the pan.
Tips and warnings
- If you are using pre-measured envelopes of yeast, one envelope of quick-rising yeast substitutes directly for one envelope of active dry yeast. If you are using bulk yeast, reducing the amount of quick-rising yeast by up to 25 per cent will still result in the correct amount of rise.
- It is always better to use less yeast, rather than more. Too much yeast can cause unpleasant, fermented flavours in the bread.
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