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So I got a huge lump on fresh yeast in Tesco today. What to do with it?

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Katisha Tue 12-Aug-08 20:54:40

(Apologies if this has been done but I did do a quick search on fresh yeast...)

What would be a foolproof recipe for a loaf of bread using fresh yeast and no bread machine that I could do with DS1 (8)?

Ditto currant buns?

Katisha Tue 12-Aug-08 21:00:43

Also, how long does it last?

Donk Tue 12-Aug-08 21:02:39

Just use a normal hand mixed bread recipe - you cream the yeast with a teaspoonful of sugar, and then mix with warm water (hand warm, not hot - i.e around 37 deg C) to make up the correct quantity of liquid for your recipe. Leave to froth (shouldn't take long in a warm, not hot place)
Then mix flour and liquid as normal.
Knead and rise and bake as normal.
Use 1/2 oz yeast for every 1 lb of flour.

Blandmum Tue 12-Aug-08 21:02:52

Can't help you with the recipe, but I can tell you how to 'start' the yeast.

put however much you need to use in a small bowl abd 'cream' it with some sugar. You will see it turn to a liquid, put it somewhere warm (if you don't have anywhere, but it is a larger bown of warm water and cover with a tea towel).

When it froths and has a 'head' of about 1-2 cm it is ready to use

Donk Tue 12-Aug-08 21:03:53

I seem to remember it keeping for 5 or so days in the fridge - but it is a LONG time since I have used fresh yeast! (over 30 years...)

callmeovercautious Tue 12-Aug-08 21:07:34

Am rushing so just a quick one. Google chelsea buns. It is bread dough and currants with sugaryness and they are wonderful smile

Also try she has some really useful bread tips on there (or did last time I looked). Happy baking grin

Katisha Tue 12-Aug-08 22:47:45

Thanks everyone!

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