Baker’s Yeast: Types Of Yeas


You need to understand the types of yeasts to keep your cake healthy for a long time. There are a few types of baker’s yeast available on the market and if you don’t pay attention to it, it will die along with your cake. Now why the yeast is so important? Oh, because it is a living organism that inhales and exhales just like us. Now, I am going to share my knowledge about the different types of baking yeasts and the right one for your cake.

Different Types of Baker's Yeast And The One You Should Use
Different Types of Baker’s Yeast And The One You Should Use

Important Baker’s Yeast Types

There are two types of baking yeasts that you need to pay attention to while baking; let’s check out-

Active Dry Yeast

Active Dry Yeast is always available in the supermarket. It is made from live yeasts, by removing the water and grinding it into fine granules. You can hear a myth about active dry yeast- if it dissolves in the warm water with a few pinches of sugar, and if foams come out of it, it tends to be active and suitable for use. But that is not overall true. In fact, the active yeast is made in a way where you can directly use it to your bread with other dry ingredients.

Instant Yeast

Instant Yeast is ground into finer granules and then into active dry yeast and it completely dissolves in the bread instantly. Some people also call it the bread machine yeast. You can proof instant yeast like active yeast and you can also add it with ingredients.

If both yeasts serve the same functionalities, then what are the differences between them? Instant yeast is a slightly different strain, thus, comes with a different flavor. However, you can use these yeasts in the same way and you don’t even have to buy both of them. Just buy one and use it.

Other Types of Yeasts

There are two other types of yeasts that you can find in the market; have a look at them-

RapidRise Yeast

You can find the RapidRise Yeast in your nearest supermarket. You can also find people saying that this is similar to instant yeast, which is not correct. Rather, this is formulated in a different way and has a different strain that gives a strong flavor. This yeast is needed for dishes like Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze. So, you better not use it on no-knead bread and pizza doughs.

Fresh Yeast

This solid-clay like block yeast is also called cake yeast; many people also call it compressed yeast. You can find it in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. In the decent cool temperature, this yeast can last more than a week. It is a special occasion yeast that people use to bake cakes, especially on holidays. Some experts say that this is the best choice for bread as it adds a strong flavor.

So what’s the best yeast for baking? It’s actually a wise decision to go for the active or instant one as it will stay more than 1 year on your freezer. If you have a say in this, please tell us in the comment box below.

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