Product Type: Doves Farm Baking & Ingredients
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The secret rising agent in dough
Doves Farm Quick Yeast
Member Name: jo@145
Doves Farm Quick Yeast
Advantages: Sealable packet, great for bread makers
Disadvantages: Hard to find in shops
I love fresh bread especially with butter and cheese, I know it's not good for me but I'd rather have a small slice of lovely bread than more of a mediocre bought shop loaf.
We have had breadmakers for sometime, and the present one will soon be going to the place where well used breadmakers go as it has been over worked, since we discovered a great packet of yeast and have never had any failures.
I always bought little sachets of yeast but my recipes didn't need quite as much as it said and so continually had little bits left in packets. Doves Farm quick yeast comes in a re-sealable bright orange packet with a dove symbol on the front. It is a quick yeast and this is important when using a breadmaker, as some yeast need to be left for an hour or two with liquid in a warm place before adding to the flour. It contains 125grams and can cost between 89pence and £1.25 depending where it is on sale. Sadly Tesco seem to have stopped stocking it and so do Summerfield so I have to buy online or from Lakeland. Doves farm yeast is suitable for both bread machines and hand baking.
The little granules of yeast smell yeasty! OK, so how do I describe a yeasty smell? My son has always recognised the yeasty, hoppy smell of beer as we drove into Edinburgh from the brewery, not a smell I like but when the granules get to work it produces a gas which causes the bread to rise. The yeast needs sugar to feed on and moisture but it also needs to be kept at the correct temperature, too cold and it won't work, too hot and it stops rising. As the yeast feeds on the sugar, it creates two digestive by products--alcohol (ethanol) and carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide is what leavens the bread--carbon dioxide gases filter through the dough creating lift and the alcohol is evaporated in baking.
We have made normal breads, savoury breads with garlic, sun dried tomatoes, olives etc, dinner rolls, Chelsea buns, Nann bread to name but a few and always the results are good. In a 125gram packet there is enough to make 25 loaves as most of my recipes use 1 teaspoon of yeast. Making our bread we know the exact ingredients and can add a smaller amount of salt, some salt is needed to stop the yeast from rising too much. there are no additives and we can use mixtures of flour to our liking.
This product is Free from Gluten, and Wheat and is also suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. This is also Soya Free and Nut Free. Once opened it should be used within two months. I have used this yeast when it has been a few weeks out of date when I hadn't realised and it still produced delicious bread. There are only two ingredients in the packet -Yeast and rehydrating agent (sorbitan monostearate E491).
Personally I think this is a brilliant yeast and hope Tesco start to stock it again. And in case you wonder who Doves are they are specialists in organic flour and gluten free flour. The Doves Farm story began at their farm near Hungerford in 1978 and today they make a variety of organic and gluten free products including great tasting organic flour, biscuits, cookies, cereal bars, breakfast cereals, pasta etc.
Summary: Quick yeast
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