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Baking a white bread...been a while

RosaryMan's picture

Baking a white bread...been a while

It's been a long time since I made white bread.  This one's called Vienna Style Bread from the book Old World Breads by Charel Scheele.  I felt like I was making paste for a while.  It's in the rising stage right now.  Hope it's good. 

I had an envelope of Red Star yeast I got a long time ago at a King Arthur Flour bread making seminar.  It was still a year within the expiration date.  I used that along with 3/4 tsp of Fleischmans to bring it up to the amount I needed for the recipe.  It's rising slowly, but it's cool here.  I understand a slow rise make the bread taste better.  ??

I'll need to check if Red Star sells yeast in a jar like Fleischmans does.  I like to buy the jars because I use it fast enough to do so.  I don't bake enough to use fresh yeast.  Honestly, I don't know where to go for fresh yeast anyway.  What is your preferred brand of yeast?  Do you use fast rise, active dry, or fresh most often?

I'll post a follow up later to let you know how the bread turned out.

wayne on FLUKE's picture
wayne on FLUKE

Sam's Club has Fleishmann's Instant (same as Rapid Rise) in 2 1 lb vacuum packed foil bags. Once open I freeze the bag after filling one of the old small jars that I keep in the fridge. Lasts a very long time. You don't need to freeze the unopened bag.

At it shows the price less than $5 Can't beat it!


ssor's picture

duplex packs. i am presently using a pack with a feb 2010 date on it . I keep the top rolled down tightly and held with a rubber band in the freezer.

RosaryMan's picture

The loaves are out of the oven.  They have a good flavor.  Nice crispy crust and soft crumb.

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Postal Grunt

Costco sells a two pound, vacuum packed bag of ADY for less than $4. I keep mine in a freezer. It's still working 18 months after purchase. By using a pre-ferment, I need less than a teaspoon of ADY for a 1.5 pound loaf.

RosaryMan's picture

King Arthur's web site has Red Star in 1 lb. ($6.95) and 2 lb. ($9.95) packages.  There are no Costco's in my neck of the woods.  We do have Sam's, but I have a strong aversion to that company.


Made a loaf last weekend.  White, oblong shape.  Delicious.  I think I'll finally be able to make a good baguette.  That's been my unattainable goal ever since I started baking bread.