How do I actvate Active Dry Yeast?
Apologies for the newbie question but I am just starting out on this breadmaking hobby and am having trouble with activating the yeast.
The instructions I have found from websites is to just mix it with warm water for 10 minutes to activate it one source said to mix a bit of sugar in as well, others say the sugar is not needed.
Having tried a few times(without sugar) my loaves failed to rise,
I have used the same yeast in a Biga recipe and it was fine, the Biga rose like a volcanic eruption but I have not been able to substitute it for the Instant Yeast used in most recipes.
Also Bread Improver what does it do, could that help.
Any advice appreciated.