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pyrami 07-12-2010 07:38 AM

Yeast Question
In the pizza recipe ebook it says to mix water and flour together and let it autolyse for 20 minutes. It also says do not add the active dry yeast until after the autolyse. I thought active dry yeast had to be activated in warm water before adding to dry ingrediants. What am I missing?

texassourdough 07-12-2010 10:43 AM

Re: Yeast Question
Use instant dry yeast. It works fine without being activated in water. Active dry yeast has about 1/3 the active yeast cells and will work but is a lot slower.

Tscarborough 07-12-2010 02:52 PM

Re: Yeast Question
If it is going in the fridge overnight, I put it in dry, if I am making the dough and using it the same day, I feed it with warm water and sugar for 30 minutes.

pyrami 07-12-2010 04:32 PM

Re: Yeast Question
Thanks for the help.

vanishingpoint 01-07-2014 10:22 AM

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I realize that this is an old thread, but in reading the ebook I too had the same question, which I still don't see a satisfactory answer to: if you're mixing the flour and water (all of it, I assume), what do you proof the yeast in? More water? Wouldn't that throw the ratio off?

Should I reserve some water for proofing the yeast? If so, how much?

Tscarborough 01-09-2014 07:17 AM

Re: Yeast Question
I use one cup of the mix water when I proof it, along with a little sugar. As a rule I just mix it in dry, though.

kkgator 01-10-2014 02:55 AM

Re: Yeast Question
When I first started making pizza I was confused as well.

"Active" Dry yeast like Tscar said has less active yeast cells & think of the word "active" as shorthand for activate or activate in water.

"Instant" Dry yeast has more yeast cells & does not need to be activated or just throw it right in.

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