How to Proof Yeast Tutorial | DIY Proofing Active Dry Yeast

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How to Proof Yeast

Apr 05, 2014         one comment.

A step by step tutorial on How to Proof Yeast. Proofing Active Dry Yeast makes sure the yeast is alive to work on the dough it is being used for….

How to Proof Yeast Tutorial | DIY Proofing Active Dry YeastProofing Yeast makes sure your active dry yeast is “alive” and ready to bake with. If you are a regular bread baker, you know how important yeast is for your dough to rise and ultimately give you that spongy bread texture we all know and love. To bake the perfect bread, you need good quality yeast to start off with and a good environment to facilitate its growth.

Whenever you intend to bake with active dry yeast, it is a good idea to test to make sure the yeast is alive. The act of testing to see if yeast is alive is called proofing. Proofing rapid rise or instant yeast is not required or recommended. If the yeast you have in your cupboard is dead, no amount of environment will help it become a productive leavening agent. 

Note: There are a lot of opinions on how best o proof yeast, how to test the temperature of the liquid, what is the temperature yeast is happy in, whether to use milk or water for proofing etc… Frankly, I’ve devised this method after a lot of failed attempts and find it to be really simple to follow. It gives me good results.

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How to Proof Yeast


  • Author: Kavitha
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon White Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Active Dry Yeast or Fresh Cake Yeast

Instructions

  1. Mix sugar with the water and heat it for 20 seconds (in microwave or on flame)
  2. You can test the water by sticking your little finger in it. If it is lukewarm, it is good to go. If you can’t hold your finger in it for more than 10 seconds, it is too hot for the yeast and you should let it cool a bit.
  3. Sprinkle the yeast granules over the sweet water. Do not disturb it. Let it sit there for 5 minutes
  4. If the yeast is alive, you’ll start to see the yeast get bubbly and foamy.
  5. Mix it well and use as required.

 

How to Proof Yeast Step by Step Tutorial

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How to Proof Yeast Tutorial | DIY Proofing Active Dry Yeast

Mix sugar with the water and heat it for 20 seconds
How to Proof Yeast Tutorial | DIY Proofing Active Dry Yeast

You can test the water by sticking your little finger in it. If it is lukewarm, it is good to go. If you can’t hold your finger in it for more than 10 seconds, it is too hot for the yeast and you should let it cool a bit.
How to Proof Yeast Tutorial | DIY Proofing Active Dry Yeast

Sprinkle the yeast granules over the sweet water. Do not disturb it. Let it sit there for 5 minutes
How to Proof Yeast Tutorial | DIY Proofing Active Dry Yeast

If the yeast is alive, you’ll start to see the yeast get bubbly and foamy.
How to Proof Yeast Tutorial | DIY Proofing Active Dry Yeast

Mix it well and use as required.
How to Proof Yeast Tutorial | DIY Proofing Active Dry Yeast

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