Interesting notes about yeast and how to work with it.
What is yeast?
Yeast is “a microscopic fungus consisting of single oval cells that reproduce by budding, and are capable of converting sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide” (Google.com).
What does yeast do?
Simply put, yeast makes bread rise. The gas it expels creates bubbles within bread dough making it lighter in texture than an unleavened bread (think flat bread: tortillas, matzo, etc.).
See the bubbles? That’s from the yeast! Want to make this bread? Here’s the recipe.
Is there more than one kind of yeast?
Yes. This post focuses on baker’s yeast, but there is also nutritional yeast and brewer’s yeast. There are three basic types of baker’s yeast: Cake (fresh) yeast, Active Dry yeast…
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