Creating my own yeast was something that I'd been always interested in but not been able to bring myself to go through all those "complicated" process. However, my "want" finally beat "lazy-me" and I decided to give it a try...
Day 2..., some raisins were already up to the top, and the water started to have brownish colour....
Day 5..., most of the raisins came up to the surface, and I could definitely smell something like wine and cider.. I decided to leave it one more day.
I declared that my raisin yeast was successfully done!
Now, let's make the bread! This time I opted for a very simple recipe (the most easiest method in which you used the yeast liquid straight to combine the flour and other ingredients.) to see if my yeast actually works. Having done the kneading I let the dough rest to rise with a hope of "please work, my lovely yeast...!" See? At this point, I was so attached to my yeast that it was almost like my baby...
To my amazement, on the following day I found my dough more than twice as big as the initial size! Yes, that's a great success! I made a caramel marble loaf and some buns with home made vanilla butter cream inside.
Both the loaf and buns tasted awesome. The bread rose so well that it looked just the same as the bread made with dried yeast. The best thing with this raisin yeast bread was that there was no yeasty taste that I sometimes find unpleasant when I make bread with commercial yeast.
Ooh well, my own very first yeast was a big success. My next step will be trying to use other ingredients other than raisins, and also to make a starter from the raisin yeast and keep feeding it to let it last for ever...
I'll be updating how my yeast experiment goes ;D
Here is how I did it...;
Dried raisin (non oil coated) 100g
Sugar 1 tbsp
1. Sterilize the jar which you are going to put the water and raisins.
2. Place water, raisin and sugar in the jar. Put on the lid and give a little shake. Place in a room temperature.
3. Shake the jar a couple of times a day and each time open the lid to give it a fresh air.
4. After a few days, the raisins start to come up to the top, and you'll start to notice some bubbles around the raisins as well as "wine-like" smell.
5. When all the raisins have come up to the top, and you hear "pop" as you open the lid, that's the sign of done!
If you noticed any strange smell or mould in the jar, unfortunately it's gone off..., so start again... Make sure that you sterilize everything you use including spoons or measuring cups.
Raisin yeast bread (straight method):
Raisin yeast liquid 130g
1. Combine all the ingredients and mix until it becomes a dough.
2. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for 10 to 15 minutes until the surface of the dough is smooth.
3. Please the dough in a clean bowl and cover. Leave it until the dough has become twice the size of the initial size. (it might take more than a day depending on the yeast and temperature.)
4. Take out the dough on a floured surface, and punch it to get the air out.
5. -If you're making rolls, divide the dough into 6-8 pieces and shape into a ball. Place them on a tray and cover. Let it rest for 20 minutes.
-If you're making a loaf, reshape the dough into a round and place it back in a bowl. Let it rest for 40 minutes.
6. Take out the dough, and reshape it into whatever the shape you like. Cover the bread and leave it in a warm place. Prove until the bread has become twice the size of the initial size.
7. Preheat the oven to 180º. Bake for 15 minutes for rolls, or for 45 minutes for a loaf.