I was making great bread with the normal 7g sachets of dried yeast, then switched to Doves Farm Quick Yeast and it's eadible but not at all as light, fluffy or high as it was before. Has anyone else had this? I'm confused about how much yeast to put into a large (450/500g white flour) loaf as I have seen the amount vary between 1 and 3 tsp. I've used different amounts of Doves yeast but the bread is still a bit rubbish looking. Can anyone help?
I use it for making bread using bread hook on Kitchen Aid rather than a bread maker with brilliant results. I think the fridge is your problem - the cold would be putting the yeast to sleep, IYSWIM. I keep the open packet in a small tupperware-style box and it seems to keep very well.
Have you tried adding more sugar/honey. It could be that organic yeast is hungrier + needs more food to get started. Another possibility is that your breadmaker heats up the water too much, killing off the yeast before it has a chance to work.
I have found that this just goes off too quickly to use - I make 2 loaves every 3 days & find I can only use half a pack before the yeast starts to fail - & this is with keeping it in an air tight container in the fridge. Have switched back to the individual sachets which give predicatable results.
I have a panasonic (255) & when the doves farm yeast is new use approx 1 tsp for a 500g loaf.