Ever make bread which doesn’t rise because of ‘dead’ yeast?Ã‚Â It is very frustrating right?Ã‚Â Most recipes will call for mixing dried yeast with warm milk and sugar and leave it to froth.Ã‚Â This is how frothing milk mixed with yeast looks like.
My advice is never buy too much yeast at one go.Ã‚Â Try to buy them from baking speciality stores as the yeast is fresher and usually much cheaper too.
Another one of my favourite cheat is to use more yeast than recommended.Ã‚Â For e.g. the recipe for making doughnut calls for 1 packet of 7 gram yeast.Ã‚Â I cheated by adding two tablespoons to be on the safe side.Ã‚Â If I am baking bread with the bread machine, I will add 1 tablespoon instead of 1 teaspoon.Ã‚Â 😛
However, note that too much yeast can gives off sourish taste and smell.Ã‚Â So, don’t over do it too.
Since we live in the tropics, getting the yeast to froth and dough to rise is half the time it takes in temperate countries (if your recipe book is written by Caucasians).Ã‚Â Hot afternoons are the best time to make anything using yeast.Ã‚Â Trust me, they swell right before your eyes!
I only use dried yeast.Ã‚Â Never bothered with those fresh cube of yeast in the frozen section because I find their smell too strong and hard to store in the fridge too.Ã‚Â I am not sure if the results will be the same.
My fantastic doughnuts recipe coming up next.