Where to get Yeast cake?
Does anyone know where I can purchase yeast cake? My Mother makes Parker House rolls and insists she needs yeast cake and cannot use the active dry yeast.
If you're willing to pay an exorbitant price, Garden of Eden often carries the individual-use sized cakes for a couple of bucks a pop (seriously.) I've been buying mine at a pizza place up in the Bronx and freezing it in small chunks, but assuming that's not convenient, you could try asking around local pizza places or a bakerry, someone may take pity on you.
Jeeze, check your super market. Look in the cooler section near the refrigerator cookies and rolls.
There are a few that I know of: one on 23rd St near 7th, one on 14th St. between 5th & University and even on in Brooklyn Heights on Montague near Court. I'd call ahead if you try them, they don't always have it. (I've never actually bought it from, but see it seldomly it catches my eye when I do.)
Dave - are you talking about NYC? I don't see cake yeast much in these parts...
Well, It's true I haven't been paying a lot of attention, lately. But it seems to me it's always available, sorta, in the super markets. Those little .6 oz. and 2 oz. squares.
No, I wasn't thinking of New York, just the rest of the world.
Uh, maybe next time I'm out, I'll look.
Might be an opportunity, here. The only cart in NYC with yeast in all its forms.
For a while there I was looking pretty hard with little success, then I happened upon this pizza place I pass by regularly anyway and pretty much stopped looking elsewhere myself.
PS: I don't think retail cake yeast is all that common in general these days, if nothing else due to changed cooking habits. Unless you use it frequently, it really doesn't make much sense. It has a short shelf life and freezes only passably well. For occasional home use, freeze-dried is a lot more sensible if not necessarily ideal (though as to that YMMV.)