How To Make a Yeast Substitute

Making bread with eggs and flour

Many baking projects require yeast, so before you begin a project you should have yeast on hand. If you have forgotten the yeast, couldn't find any or can't handle the rising price of yeast then there is another option. With these few, simple steps you can make a yeast substitute for your next recipe.

  1. Assemble the ingredients. Whatever recipe you are baking that requires yeast can benefit from a substitute in a pinch but remember that for superior rising ability, yeast is preferred. For baking without yeast you only need some lemon juice and baking soda.
  2. Don't try to mix the yeast substitute alone. You could mix baking soda and lemon juice together before you begin your recipe but it won't have the effect your want. Instead gather and prepare your dry ingredients and wet ingredients as you normally would per the recipe you are using.
  3. Add baking soda to the dry ingredients. For the equivalent of one tablespoon of yeast you will use one tablespoon of baking soda. After all the dry ingredients have been combined, add this final tablespoon of baking soda. Make sure that you are using fresh baking soda, not the soda stored at the back of your refrigerator.
  4. Add lemon juice to the wet ingredients. After mixing all the wet ingredients together per the recipe, you will add a teaspoon of lemon juice. The juice should be added as the last item in the wet ingredients.
  5. Complete the recipe. Follow the recipe to prepare and then bake as normal. There should be no need for rising time. Just bake as normal.

Using a yeast substitute is a great option for the frugal baker and anyone with a yeast allergy. You might notice the bread or other baked goods are not as light and fluffy as you expect but they will still be light and have the same great taste.


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