Wednesday, November 2, 2016

In search of the prefect 'Yeast'..... post no. 2



Apart from the blogathon that I have jumped into there is another very important issue (!) which has been circling inside my head for long and hold your breath, it is about getting hold of a good yeast (!!) So that I can venture into bread baking..which I had been longing to do  for so long. 

This search for a good yeast has been going on for so long that I have tried at least 4 to 5 types of yeast till now, I brought a pack from kerala store in Delhi,  then when I went to Kerala I brought two packs from a bakery thinking that the kind of stuff they have at their shop, definitely they must be selling  good yeast and was excited about trying it out.. then I brought packs from different bakeries in  Delhi.. to cut a long story short... none.. yes... NONE of the yeast ever worked. 

During this Diwali I wanted to bake cinnamon rolls  and started imagining the joy of my children when they will be eating the perfect, melt in mouth cinnamon rolls made by their great Mom … but alas .. nothing happened… the yeast did not even move. Leave alone rising, it adamantly sat there looking at the sugar and warm water I added to it and then when I saw one solitary bubble in a corner I was so excited that I went headlong into baking the rolls. What I had at the end was cinnamon rolls which looked like cookies and felt like bricks and which my children and I still ate because the flavours where perfect except for the wrestling our mouths had to go through in getting it down our throats !!

So the adamant me did not back off, I pledged that I am going to find the right yeast and so I chatted with  Sangeeta Khanna of  the famous blog ‘health food desi videshi’ and ‘banaras ka khana’ ( go to her blog and you will find amazing breads baked by her) because I know she lives in Delhi and the kind of breads she bakes she must be using an amazing yeast as well… so she told me to get it from Jama Masjid area, Delhi… she said that all the chole kulche walas also get it from there. I am so thankful to her for the advise, but till now I could not find the time to go and buy it form there or find any body to do it form me, so I continued the search.  

Finally, one day I came to know about a particular brand of yeast which one blogger said that she uses and like me she had also searched and searched for the right yeast  that works rather than falling flat, and she got hold of that brand online.  I searched for it in all online stores but could not find but in that process I found a brand call ‘urban platter’ and they had yeast also which  had more than 100 amazing reviews on amazon so I ordered it and it arrived yesterday !!!! yoohooo….!!!

But the thing is I have to wait till weekend to see whether it will live up to all the glorious reviews that it has earned on amazon… so guess what … I Dreamed… yes really I dreamed of a bowl full of raised dough which I had made with the yeast I had got yesterday, I could feel the dough in my hands in the dream.. soft … raised and it was so much fun punching it down before I put it on my bread baking tin… ha ha.. that is how much this searching for the ‘good yeast’ business  had affected me that I have started dreaming of raised dough and yeast…. !!! 

Do you have a ‘yeast searching story’ like me… or anything similar and mundane as this which circled inside your head so much that it appeared in your dream !!!

17 comments:

  1. Ha ha, I had this fear of using yeast while baking. I was so sure that it wouldn't work the first time that I bought one of the smallest and also inexpensive pack of instant dry yeast - to my joy, it worked perfectly well. I did sort of mix it in lukewarm milk and some sugar before using it. Incase this helps you any bit (I hope it works for you as well as it did for me) this is the brand - Levure sèche de boulanger (http://www.kennygroceryonline.com/saf-instant-levure-sèche-de-boulanger-dry-baker-s-yeast.html)

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  2. Hey Welcome here! and thank you so much for the information.. you are really lucky to have got a yeast which worked first time itself..vow.. You are right even I bought the samallest pack everytime fearing that it will not work but the one that i have got now is relatively bigger pack.. let me see what happens this time (fingers crossed)..

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  3. I love yeast you know why .. its used in making BEER :) he he he he he :)

    Bikram's

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    1. Me too Bikram.. Me too ;)
      and welcome here after a loooong time
      thanks for the comment

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  4. Waiting to see what you bake. Do post pics here. :)

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    1. yes soon.. soon another post on it may be !!

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  5. I have had a yeast searching story myself and guess what I too ended my search buying Urban Platter yeast online (it is readily available on amazon.in).I have been using the Urban platter yeast for over an year now and can vouch for its efficacy and hassle free rise.
    Hope your breads turn out fabulous.
    Happy Baking!

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    1. Oh! thank you dear I am now doubly confident.. just looking for the right time to get going on the baking part....
      welcome here and thanks for the comment

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  6. I can so relate to your yeast searching expedition. I have done it for getting that perfect recipe for cupcakes and banana bread. I once wanted a particular shade of green for the curtains. I dont know how many shops I must have dragged my hubby along to get that 'mera wala green'. Glad that you finally got the yeast you were looking for. And hope you get super soft breads and rolls with it! Happy baking!

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    1. Hai na, I am glad I have company.. but as you can see in the comment thread 'urban platter' seems to be a good yeast.. let me try and see too..
      welcome here Shilpa and thanks for the comment..

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  7. I think i will dream of some awesome bread and cinnamon rolls tonight!

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    1. Ha Ha.. thanks for the comment dear and welcome here .. eh yeh to poetry ban gayi..
      thanks

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  8. Oh let's meet some day and I will bring some yeast for you. I am serious. Do you come to Dilli Haat ever?

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  9. Hey Sangeeta, welcome here !! it's a privilege to have you here. Really Sangeeta..any time I am so looking forward to meeting you.. I think we are destined to meet.. really...
    hugs to you..Dilli haat.. ofcourse I love that place..let us plan it out..
    take care

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  10. Great. Drop me a message and let's connect. I have a bit of travel in between but we will manage :-)

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  11. hey Rekha, so what happened to the bread baking? pictures ??? let us know and do share the recipe.

    See I have given you an idea for a couple of posts

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  12. Did i click the publish button after the comment ??? I came back to this post to check. now i will have to wait till the blogger moderates my comment. I only hope i didnt overwhelm the blogger he he he

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