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Re: Yeast, Fruit and Nuts

"Bill Hatcher" <bhatcher@gc.net>
Sun, 27 Oct 1996 06:56:15 -0400
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> From: FORD_KAREN/TUC_06@burr-brown.com
> Subject: Yeast, Fruit and Nuts
> Date: Mon, 21 Oct 96 10:08:00 -0700
> Hi All,


 Another question about yeast.  I was in Walmart the other day and
> noticed that they were selling a jar of Red Star yeast "for bread machines". 
> Supposedly it makes your bread rise high although you use 33% less than you
> would of regular yeast.  The price was $6.88 for 7 oz ( a bit high) and  I
> believe it said it made 23 loaves or something like that.   Has any one used
> this type of yeast and if so, is it worth the extra money?  Right now, I am
> buying an unknown brand from a local health food store in 1lb. packages and it
> works fine, but I was just curious.

I use Red Star instant active dry yeast.  I buy it at Sam's Discount Club and 
pay about $3.00 for 2 POUNDS of it.  It works great, and I keep a small jar in 
the refrigerator for current use with the remainder in the freezer.

> Also,  I made really good raisin bread over the weekend that I got a
> few weeks ago from the Digest, however even though I added the raisins
> and chopped nuts 2-3 minutes before the "add fruit" signal, I still had
> more on the outside than on the inside.   Is there a problem with
> adding the fruit and nuts even earlier---maybe at least adding the
> raisins with the rest of the ingredients at the start?
> Karen in Tucson

If you add the fruit sooner, there is a pretty good chance it will just be 
pureed by the mixing process.  The only problem I have with my Regal is that it 
does not mix fruit into the batter well, just as you have described.

To help alleviate the problem, flour your fruit.  I make quite a bit of raisin
nut bread, and will mix about 1 Tbs of flour with the raisins and stir them
well before putting them in the pan at the chime.  I also manipulate the dough
ball some by hand while the machine is running to help mix in the raisins. 
Works pretty well.

My sister has a Zojirushi model 15a, and while she flours the raisins, the 
machine mixes everything in quite well.  I suspect that your problem and mine 
is just the design of the pan/paddle in our models.


Bill Hatcher
Southampton County, Virginia, USA