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Old 05-04-2009, 08:12 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by toni1948 View Post
Emily, I read somewhere recently that if your local water has a lot of chlorine in it, it can actually kill off the yeast cells. My local water smells like swimming pool water. I buy bottled water just for baking purposes for that reason alone.

You could have a yeast problem, but you could have a water problem, too.
My sister has a well that provides her water and she was always having problems getting yeast to rise. She tried everything! Finally I suggested she try bottled water. Yep that did the trick! Her water tastes fine and has been tested is potable but there must be something there that kills yeast. When she's making any yeast bread now she makes sure to pick up a gallon of water at the store.

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Old 05-11-2009, 08:59 AM   #12
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Yeast is a 'touchy beast'.... I keep mine in a glass jar in the freezer for years!! Just test your yeast by putting it in a small amount of WARM water ( hot water will kill it!! ) and put a little bit of sugar in with it to see if it is active. Also, I think only 1 tsp. isn't enough yeast for that amount of flour ~ I would use at least 1 T. Hope this helps!!

An easy recipe for pizza dough is: 2T. shortening (Crisco)
1 T. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup boiling water
1 pkg. yeast
1/4 c. LUKE WARM water
2 c. flour

Put shortening, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add boiling water and dissolve shortening. LET COOL. Using your little finger (pinky test) place your finger in the water and count to 10! IF you can keep your finger in the entire time, then you are good to continue.. IF it is TOO HOT, let it cool a little longer! When cool, add the yeast mixture. In a measuring cup, sprinkly the yeast over the look warm water and let it stand to soften. Stir soften yeast to dissolve into water. Add to first mixture. Add 1 cup of flour and beat until smooth. Stir in 1 more cup of flour and mix til flour disappears. Knead with fingertips for 5-7 min. until dough is no longer sticky. Put dough in greased bowl - turn over once. Cover tightly and let it raise at least until it's double in size. Punch down and knead to stretch to fit pizza pan. Put your desired toppings on and Bake at 425*F. for 25-30 min. Enjoy!!

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