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I’m afraid I’ll kill the yeast—can this happen?

Mar 1, 2006 | From the kitchen of Rose

Yeast that needs proofing (soaking in warm water), such as active dry or cake yeast, will die if the water is hotter than 120°F. (or if the water is ice cold). Instant yeast, also called Rapid Rise, QuickRise, Instant Active Dry, Perfect Rise, or Bread Machine Yeast, can be mixed right in with the flour without soaking it in water first. Store it in the freezer and it will stay alive for at least year.


I used to make whole wheat breads all the time, and everytime, they turned out perfect. But yesterday, it didn't rise too much and even when I placed it in the oven, there was no oven spring. The bread was gummy and compact. The recipe called for 470g coarse whole wheat flour, 650g bread flour and 11g yeast. what gives?



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