How to activate Allinsons Dried Active Yeast
Poorly labelled Allinson
I thought I had a problematic batch of yeast so I returned it to Allinson (The Silver Spoon Company) as faulty. They tested it and even baked a loaf of bread with it. it transpires that Allinsons Dried Active Yeast is unsuitable for breadmakers and needs to be activated first. These instructions are verbatim from Allinson - Jane Johnson; Customer Quality Co-ordinator.
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 150 ml warm water (1 part boiling, 2 parts cold)
- 15 g Allinson's dried active yeast
- Dissolve the sugar in warm water
- Sprinkle in the dried active yeast and whisk thoroughly.
- Leave in a warm place until the surface is covered in froth. This usually takes 15 minutes.
- Whisk again and use immediately.
- Liquid used to activate should not be used in addition to the amount of liquid in the recipe.
Like me, you were probably not aware that this was necessary as I had been using this yeast in our breadmaker for years and years. However, the loaves are much better after following this procedure.
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