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Different yeast quantity for different bread machines?

michael_bread's picture

Different yeast quantity for different bread machines?

I just got my first bread machine - Panasonic SD-YD250 - as a Christmas gift.  I also was given Beth Hensperger Bread Machine Cookbook.

I have made two loaves using the recipes in the Panasonic instruction manual, and they came out ok.

The recipes in the instruction manual all call for 1 tsp of yeast for a 1.5 pound loaf.  Most of the recipes in the Hensperger book call for 2 tsp or more of yeast for a 1.5 pound loaf, despite having similar ingredients (3 cups of flour).

I am wondering if different machines use different rising times, thus requiring different yeast quantities?  I am afraid to try the Hensperger recipes until I make sure of this.

mini_maggie's picture

I have Donna Washburn and Heather Butt's 300 Best Canadian Bread Machine Recipes and have made MANY of their 1.5 lb recipes.   Most call for between 1 and 2 tsp of yeast (and around 3 c flour), with more basic breads using 1 - 1.5 tsp and higher amounts approaching 2 tsp only used in highly sweetened/enriched breads, or those with cinnamon or other ingredients which inhibit yeast.