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Using fresh yeast

Fresh yeast is a living micro-organism that starts to ferment when flour or sugar are added to it. This releases carbon dioxide, which makes bread rise. Adding sugar to fresh yeast makes it easier to mix into the water and encourages it to ferment.

-Mash the yeast and sugar in a bowl using the back of a spoon until the yeast starts to dissolve.

-After about 30 seconds, the crumbly yeast will turn into a smooth liquid.

-Add water, following your recipe.

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Focaccia with rosemary Focaccia with rosemary

By Lesley Waters

Skill level

Easy

Equipment you will need for this technique

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon

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