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yeast conversion -- packet versus fresh?

NYchowcook Dec 7, 2006 01:19 PM

I have fresh baking yeast in a bag from my food co-op, and want to make Dorie Greenspan's brioche (for pecan honey sticky buns). Recipe calls for 2 packets active dry yeast. What's a packet? A tablespoon?

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  1. JoanN RE: NYchowcook Dec 7, 2006 01:45 PM

    Don't know whether this will help, but I just did some conversions myself for exactly that recipe. I was using instant yeast, not fresh, so I don't know if the measurements would be the same.

    A packet of yeast is 1/4 of an ounce, about 2 teaspoons (it's definitely less than a tablespoon). I used a scale and measured out half an ounce of the instant and it worked perfectly in the brioche recipe. But the instant may weigh less than the fresh.

    1. yayadave RE: NYchowcook Dec 7, 2006 03:23 PM

      My jar of Fleischmann's active dry yeast says:

      2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (1/4 oz)= 1 pkg. active dry
      or RapidRise Yeast (1/4 oz) = 1 cake fresh yeast (0.6 oz)

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        JoanN RE: yayadave Dec 7, 2006 03:53 PM

        That's great to know. Now, where do I put that info so I can find it when I need it?

        1. re: JoanN
          yayadave RE: JoanN Dec 7, 2006 04:10 PM

          Tape it inside the door to the cabinet where you keep the flour. If you have room with all the other notes. TeeHee

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