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"Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

https://www.how-tasty.com/pull-apart-cinnamon-bread/

I just found this recipe online and it looks so good, that I have to try it this weekend. I've baked a lot but never anything that required yeast, so I am new to this.

It says "active dry yeast" under ingredients and to "activate it if your yeast requires it". What does that mean?? I am planning to buy the "Hefe getrocknet" from Migros later but does that need to be activated?

Another thing on the list: dark brown Muscovado sugar. I have Rohrohrzucker already at home. Can I substitute it with this?

Ps. And can I substitute milk with cashew milk?
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

1. "active dry yeast" = Migros "Hefe getrocknet"
2. you just follow the recipe, after you add liquid, it will come back to life, the magic happens in the phase five of first part of your recipe:
"Cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel; let it rise in a warm place until it double in size (about 1 ½ hour)"
Where the important things is that it rise to double the size not the time, the warmer the place the faster is rising and the colder, the slower. Too fast rising is usually not good.

How do we know that the dough is properly risen: with a finger penetration test you push your finger about half a centimeter into the dough:
- if the hole fills nice and slowly almost to the end, it’s time to bake,
- if the hole remains, it is too fermented / too risen,
- if it fills up quickly, it must still rise.
This is for bread, but you can use it as a general idea, and this test does not apply if the dough has been refrigerated.


btw, this is on Migros Patissier Backhefe getrocknet:
Den Beutelinhalt sorgfältig mit dem Mehl vermischen - die Hefe braucht nicht angerührt zu werden. Die in Ihrem Rezept genannten Zutaten wie gewohnt verarbeiten, auch die sonst zum Anrühren benötigte Flüssigkeit. Nach der Zubereitung und vor dem Backen den Teig wie üblich gehen lassen.
it says just follow the recipe
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

It does look good!

Activating yeast = proofing yeast. More information here
https://bit.ly/36qaJwR

Muscovado sugar is very different in flavor and moisture level, but it might work. As for substituting cashew milk for milk, it might work, but your results might differ with multiple substitutions.

Good luck!
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

Trockenhefe is o.k. The rest means you should simply read the instructions on the packe. Some dry yeast might need that you mix it with warm liquid and let it stand for a few minutes.

This one does not nee it (I would use the full package as it is intended for 500g flour):
https://produkte.migros.ch/patissier...t-102782400000
You might also use half a cube of traditional yeast.

Muscovado is not exactly the same. It has more flavor as it contains more molasses. You can find muscovado in some Indian food store or add a bit of Tafelmelasse https://produkte.migros.ch/tafelmelasse to your raw cane sugar. If you cannot find either just use what you have, it will be delicious either way. The extra bit of moisture content of muscovado does not add much to the overall recipe.

Milk? That should work for baking. Taste is a different topic. You might also substitute the butter with vegetable oil if you want to do it vegan.
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

The video says just "dark brown sugar" (which BTW is the Holy Grail of hard-to-find ingredients in this sub-forum ).
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

I remember seeing Muscovado sugar sold in the Globus grocery store years ago, but no idea if they still have it (and they might be closed now anyways).

But you can buy Muscovado sugar on Amazon.de:

https://www.amazon.de/s?k=muscovado+...f=nb_sb_noss_2

And also on sites like this:

https://www.britishcornershop.co.uk/...rch=muscovado&

I'm not sure how well substituting rohrzucker would work, as I think they have very different flavors and consistencies.

For dark brown sugar, I usually buy mine here:

https://www.myamericanmarket.com/us/...rown-sugar-bag

or here:

https://afoodave.ch/products/tate-ly...cbf9407e&_ss=r
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

P.S. Thank you for the recipe! That does look devilishly goooood.
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

Thank you all for your replies! Much appreciated!

Thank you also for the info on Tafelmelasse, never heard of this before. I will try to find Muscovado, since it's my first time baking this, I'd like to substitute as little as possible.

And Pancakes, I also had found the one online in Germany. Will look through your other links too.

So if I can't get the sugar in time for this weekend, will be baking this instead and move the cinnamon recipe for next weekend (in case anyone else is in baking mood & Nutella as the weather will be crap this weekend )
https://www.how-tasty.com/chocolate-...tella-cookies/

Ps. I had bought the Rohrohrzucker for a recipe that needed brown sugar (can't remember what I baked) and that was the closest I could find. Never thought dark brown sugar would be hard to find!
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

You can find light and dark muscovado sugar at Jelmoli. They used to sell it also at Globus, but I haven't checked lately. The food departments in both stores are open during the lockdown.
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You can find light and dark muscovado sugar at Jelmoli. They used to sell it also at Globus, but I haven't checked lately. The food departments in both stores are open during the lockdown.
Thank you! In that case, will head down to both stores tomorrow I used to get cinnamon buns at Starbucks...finally time to try my own.
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

Nice looking recipe, let us know how it comes out please.

Muscovado sugar can be found:
https://www.coopvitality.ch/de/claro...bio-500-g.html

We find that Landi dry yeast consistently produces better results than Coop or migros ones
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I remember seeing Muscovado sugar sold in the Globus grocery store years ago, but no idea if they still have it (and they might be closed now anyways).
Available in larger Migros. Look for Vollrohrzucker, or Rohrzucker if a bit less fiber content is Ok.
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Ps. I had bought the Rohrohrzucker for a recipe that needed brown sugar (can't remember what I baked) and that was the closest I could find. Never thought dark brown sugar would be hard to find!
Usually at bio shops, Reformhaus etc. Or Globus and Jelmoli. Never thought there are so many types of brown sugar!

Btw, just my humble opinion - would have thought fresh yeast is better for the type of sweets you want to bake but I might be wrong.

There's an article about the differences between dry yeast and fresh yeast here

https://www.hobbybaecker.de/themenwelten/hefe
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

So last night I made it Globus right before closing time (wasn’t aware they close earlier now) and I was able to get my muscovado! Never been so excited finding sugar! Thanks guys! I’ve never seen it before and you’re right, the consistency is very different. Good to know COOP vitality has it too.

I just put the Nutella chocolate chip cookie dough balls in the fridge, to be baked after dinner. Tomorrow I’m baking the pull apart cinnamon bread and fingers crossed it’ll look presentable to post a picture here Fresh yeast might be better, but as I’m new to baking with yeast, I’ll go the easy route this time.

Have a relaxing Sat evening!
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

For anyone looking for brown sugar, I have found it at Aligro!
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

Regarding dry yeast, I found an old Kassensturz programme where they talk about yeast and compare several brands.

https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/kassens...eig-besser-auf

All fresh yeasts did better than dry yeasts. However, dry yeast is suitable for storing "in the event that fresh yeast is not on hand" (prescient words, considering the baking craze of last spring! ).

Now, I have been using Aldi dry yeast recently (the worst-graded in the test) and I found no complaints.
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

Good morning and thank you everyone for your advice! Both the nutella chocolate chip cookies and pull apart cinnamon bread turned out really well!

I wish I could post a video when I break apart the cookie....the melted nutella is so good with the gooey cookie. I love how you can freeze the dough and only bake as many as you'll eat at the time. (if I had baked all 10, they would have easily been gone in the last two days! )

I baked the cinnamon bread yesterday afternoon, and the wonderful cinnamon smell from our kitchen into the living room made the rather dark, cold and rainy day simply cozy It was the first time for me to bake with yeast and something that needed rising, but it went well. (pre-heated the oven at 50C and turned it off when I put the dough inside) My boyfriend said this one's so much better than what you buy outside with all that sugar icing.

Have a good week ahead everyone!
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All fresh yeasts did better than dry yeasts. However, dry yeast is suitable for storing "in the event that fresh yeast is not on hand" (prescient words, considering the baking craze of last spring! ).
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You can freeze fresh yeast for a certain time. However, when you thaw it do it in a cup and you will have to use all (it will become gooey).
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Re: "Active" dry yeast and Muscovado sugar

A tip for muscovado sugar (of which I have plenty) if it forms into a solid block in storage:

Put in a bowl in a microwave for 15 secs or so which should sort it out.
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A tip for muscovado sugar (of which I have plenty) if it forms into a solid block in storage:

Put in a bowl in a microwave for 15 secs or so which should sort it out.
Good tip. But where can I find a microwave ?
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