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The Breadmakers Companion
Doves Farm Quick Yeast
Member Name: Emmald
Doves Farm Quick Yeast
Advantages: A useful way of always having yeast to hand.
Some years ago I always used to trot off to our local pet food store an buy a few ounces of fresh yeast, in fact the pet shop were the only people in the town who stocked fresh yeast. The fresh yeast has a fairlyshort lifespan and you have to wrap it up well or the strong `hoppy` smell taints the fridge.
Now things have progressed and I have all but given up bashing the dough about and handed the task over to my more than capable bread maker. I always swore that I would never use one, a clumsy looking contraption that took hours to churn out a loaf of bread - I soon ate my words!
So the packets of dried yeast have taken over where the fresh yeast has left off and every couple of weeks I replenish my stock of dried yeast.
I have to admit that dried yeast is far easier to handle than fresh yeast, for starters that pungent smell isn't there.
Doves farm is a family business that is based on the Wiltshire/ Berkshire border and in 1978 Michael and Claire Marriage set about building a business that concentrated on providing good wholesome baking products and breakfast cereals.
How many times do we buy certain products and inwardly groan at the needless amount of packaging. Not only do some manufacturers use far too much wrapping but they then decorate the boxes to the hilt, thus even more valuable resources are wasted.
Dove Farm have adopted and embraced simplistic packaging, their dried yeast comes in a small vivid orange coloured rectangular box. The Dove Farm logo is on the front of the box ( just a simple dove in flight carrying his olive branch) the product information is in a plain black lettering and is clear and concise.
The 125g packet of dried yeast costs just 99p and it goes a long way. My bread maker uses one and a half teaspoons of dried yeast to make every small loaf (1 ½ lbs), this is equivalent to around 7.5g of dried yeast.
Lets just take a moment to describe how the dried yeast looks.
When you open the packet you will see hundreds of tiny granules, all grey coloured and the mild smell of hops is drifting out from the mouth of the packet.
When you open and use some of the contents of the packet then you must remember to reseal it well, the dried yeast needs to be kept airtight. Store it in a cool place.
The Dove Farm dried yeast has been approved by the Vegetarian society and it is also suitable for vegans.
The dried yeast is free from nuts, wheat, gluten and soya.
Dried yeast is a good store cupboard staple, it can easily be reconstituted with warm water and sugar to include in yeast based recipes. But before you embark on any particular recipe please check that dried yeast is suitable, I have come across recipes that demand fresh yeast.
Another good rule of thumb is if the packet is past the sell by date then discard it, or your recipe may well be ruined.
There have been many debates concerning the use of dried yeast, some say that it doesn't measure up to fresh yeast. In reply I would like to say that I achieve a good tasty loaf of bread using the Dove Farm dried yeast.
There may be someone reading this who fancies baking a loaf themselves, using the old fashioned methods and I have included the recipe below.
500g strong bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp Quick Yeast
275ml hand hot water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Combined flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Mix in water, add oil and bring dough together. Turn out onto floured surface and knead vigorously. Cut, shape and place in oiled tins or baking sheet. Cover and leave to rise in warm place for 25 minutes. Bake at 220°C / 425°F / gas mark 8 for 35-45 minutes
Dove Farm have their own website which is well worth taking a glance at. They produce a host of speciality flours, good wholesome breakfast cereals and baking products.
Summary: Dove Farms dried yeast is perfect for breadmakers.
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