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Hydrating Active Dry Yeast

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Hydrating Active Dry Yeast

June 20, 2007 - 9:54pm -- Elagins

I was recently looking at the Julia Child/Danielle Forestier batard videos and was very taken with her use of fresh yeast, which has all but disappeared (if it ever did appear) from the shelves of Southern California groceries. Instead, I've been using Red Star active dry yeast, which I pick up in 2# bags at Costco for $4 or so. One of the major characteristics of active dry yeast (as opposed to the instant/rapid rise variety) is that for best results, it needs to be hydrated before being added to the dough.

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