Active dry yeast vs Instant yeast

11 Dec
   I am not a big fan of using  dry yeast because I am very keen on the brewer ( yeasty) smell.
  I used to add 1.3 – 2% dry yeast as to 100% flour that I have seen the ratio from many books or bakers.
Now, I use 0.8-1.0 %  Bread Machine yeast ( Instant yeast) as to 100% flour for most of  breads except croissants or brioche that have high fat and sugar, which needs higher percentage yeast than other kind of breads.
I prefer Bread Machine yeast to Active dry yeast  because the Bread Machine yeast doesn’t have strong smell.


Active dry yeast -Coarse oblong granules of yeast:
  • Dissolved in water and sugar at first. Wait for 10-20 minutes until it is active( foamy).  * It doesn’t work when you mix with dry ingredients at first.
  • It smells strong brewer yeasty when it is baked.
Fleischmann’s Bread Machine yeast ( Instant yeast)- Smaller granules of yeast:
  •  Mixing directly with other dry ingredients at first.
  • Don’t mix with liquid at first. it won’t work.
  • Don’t mix directly with salt. it won’t work.
  • Instant yeast contains ascorbic acid, which is an additive that is thought to improve loaf volume.
  • Instant yeast doesn’t smell as strong as Active dry yeast.


* Note
Converting from Fresh to Dry Yeast:
 Fresh yeast : Active dry yeast : Instant dry yeast = 10: 4: 3.3  ( From ” BREAD” by Jefferey Hamelman)

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Posted by on December 11, 2011 in Instant yeast


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2 responses to “Active dry yeast vs Instant yeast

  1. Adriene Ubiles

    January 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Many thanks for being my personal mentor on this area. I enjoyed the article very much and most of all enjoyed how you really handled the aspect I considered to be controversial. You are always extremely kind towards readers like me and let me in my everyday living. Thank you.


    • Akiko

      January 10, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Your welcome, and I also thank you so much for your kind words! I really appreciate it!! Your words made me so happy!



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