How to Use Instant Yeast in Bread Baking

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Instant yeast works best when poured into tepid water, meaning the water is warmer than lukewarm, but not hot to the touch. Find out more about using instant yeast with tips from a cooking business owner in this free video on bread baking.

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Hi I'm Sue Walker and I'm going to show you how to use instant yeast in bread baking. The first step in bread baking is to dissolve your yeast. You take your dry instant yeast and you pour it into warm tepid water. Now tepid water means it is warmer than lukewarm but not really hot to the touch. If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast. So you take one package of instant yeast to one fourth cup of water and one half teaspoon of sugar. The sugar will help the yeast to work faster and you let that sit until it starts to foam and once it is foaming and starting to rise in your measuring cup then you'll know it's ready to use. Since most bread recipes use scalded water, or scalded water and milk, you have to make sure that that mixture is cooled to lukewarm before you add your yeast mixture. And that is how you use instant yeast in bread baking.

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