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Yeast sponge

britter@mcs.com (B. Ritter)
Sat, 27 Apr 96 18:15 CDT
Joan, "Flour Power" wrote:

>In all of my 30-plus years of baking, I find a sponge a reliable method to
>really activate the yeast to the fullest. Thus, when the sponge is added to
>the other ingredients, the yeast has a head start, so to speak, when mixed
>with additional flour. Texture is usually more fine grained and flavor
mellow >and not so strong and yeasty.

Joan, are you using the sponge method with a bread machine or with the
traditional manual method? If with a bread machine, at what point do you add
the sponge?

Betty Ritter