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Oct 3, 2012 11:20 AM

Using fresh yeast

I bought a 1lb block of fresh yeast last week. Used 1/8 of it to make challah and froze the rest.

Any ideas on how to use up the rest?

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    1. re: kengk

      Yeast keeps in the freezer pretty well, so you're probably good for at least a year. If you cultivate the habit of doing pizza from scratch instead of buying it, or making your own tortillas, or doing soup with homemade bread a couple of times a month, you'll make your way through it. My favorite bread recipe is: Mix 1.5 cups flour, 1/3 cup oil, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 cup water. Let sit for 20-30 minutes. Add 1 tsp salt and 1.5 cups whole wheat flour. Kneed until it forms a smooth ball (adjusting flour or water as needed). Let sit for 2 hours or until you get around to it. Shape into buns. Let sit for 30 minutes or more. Bake @ 350 for 20 minutes.

      1. re: PBandT

        No yeast in the bread? Recipe looks more like a pizza dough than a tortilla dough.

          1. re: PBandT

            I have never heard of tortillas with yeast in them - ?

            1. re: sandylc

              Todao, that recipe is my go-to basic bread dough. Cheesecake17, 1.5 tsp of yeast along with the water, flour, and sugar in the first step of the dough. Sandylc, flour tortillas sometimes do as yeasted flatbreads have a more complex flavor.

        1. I didn't know you could buy fresh yeast in one pound quantities. I always liked using small cubes of it in baking. You don't see those in the grocery store these days. At least not where I've been looking.

          The stuff I remember had that funny texture - you rubbed it between your fingers into the bowl of water and sugar. I always enjoyed that little step. And it smelled so good!