Why can we use yeast for cakes?

Replace yeast - is that possible?

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When it comes to baking, I love yeast dough. Yeast plaits, cinnamon rolls and Co. are at the top of my list. When the dough is being baked and the whole apartment is enveloped in a pleasant scent: a dream. But sometimes there is no more yeast in the supermarket - both fresh and dry yeast. Perhaps you know the problem and have also wondered if you can replace the yeast in baking. I will explain to you whether you can really replace yeast.

What is yeast

Yeast is a leavening agent, which is used in baking to make the dough rise and fluffy. Yeast is nothing more than a artificially grown mushroom. With the addition of Heat, starch and sugar the fungus develops explosively and causes the dough to rise.

With the addition of heat, starch and sugar, yeast causes the dough to rise. Photo: SevenCooks

Can you replace yeast?

Yes, yeast can be substituted. Because in addition to yeast, there are alternative products that make your dough rise and thus have the properties of yeast.

These alternatives are:

  • sourdough
  • baking powder
  • Tartar baking powder
  • Yeast water

The more important question is not whether yeast can be replaced, but what the result is then. So how does a pastry taste if we replace the yeast in it?

Replace yeast with baking powder and tartar baking powder

You can get yeast through Baking powder or tartar baking powder replace. The only difference between baking powder and tartar baking powder is the acidulant used. While baking soda on phosphate is placed in the tartar baking powder Pure tartar used. You need both four grams per 100 grams of flourso that the baking powder has the same effect as yeast.

Baking powder and tartar baking powder are therefore not suitable as a yeast substitute

You can replace yeast with baking powder, but there is one major drawback: the taste. Even if your dough rises, the first bite won't make you happy.

On the one hand, this is due to the relatively large amount of baking powderthat you have to use. Baking powder has its own taste. While it is not noticeable with other pastries - because you only need a small amount - when replacing yeast you have to use a lot of it, enough that you will end up tasting the baking powder.

But not only the baking powder changes the taste, but also the yeast. The yeast gives the yeast plait or brioche the typical taste and you won't have this if you replace the yeast. In the end, you will be able to make a visually successful pastry, but that will not have much in common with the usual taste.

Replace yeast with sourdough

The sourdough is made like yeast small mushrooms. The difference between the two leavening agents, however, is that the sourdough - in contrast to yeast - is made from natural mushroom cultures consists. These arise when you mix water and flour and let them ferment. You can find more information about sourdough in our article: Baking sourdough: Everything you need to know.

Technically it is possible to replace yeast with sourdough, but the typical sweet taste of the yeast will be missing. Photo: SevenCooks

In contrast to baking powder, I cannot give you an exact rule of thumb for sourdough how much sourdough you need to achieve the same effect as yeast. That's because the sourdough varies depending on the Mix ratio when manufacturing and depending on which flour you use, it has a different driving force and therefore you have to experiment a bit.

But what I can tell you from my own experience is that you can then make your dough Have to let go longerso that it rises nicely. If I personally replace yeast with sourdough, especially in bread, then I calculate as follows when using whole wheat flour: 20 percent of the amount of flour becomes to sourdough processed - at equal share of water. And that in turn 10 percent as an initial item. With the amount it works without problems - but only with whole wheat flour.

Is sourdough a good substitute for yeast?

If you want to replace yeast, I would most likely recommend sourdough. However, you will also have to compromise on the taste of your pastries. It will taste better than using baking powder, but it won't have much to do with the typical yeast taste either.

Replace yeast with yeast water

You should no industrial yeast you can also make yeast yourself at home: in the form of Yeast water. The yeast alternative is not difficult to make, but it does take a bit of practice.

For your yeast water you need Dried fruits such as apricots, dates or plums, raw cane sugar and water. You mix everything up and leave it around ferment for a week. As soon as Collect bubbles on the surface, you can use the yeast water and replace it in the recipe with the specified amount of liquid.

Is yeast water suitable for replacing yeast?

Yes, yeast water is very good for replacing yeast. It is easy to manufacture and use and you will hardly notice any difference in taste. However, yeast water also has a disadvantage. Your yeast water can also tip over during production and go bad. Signs of this are around Mouldthat can form on the surface, but also a too sour taste. Even as a passionate baker, I find it very difficult to assess whether the yeast water has already been tipped or the taste is still part of the desired fermentation process. That's why I prefer to keep my hands off it.

Replace yeast - my tip

Replacing yeast is possible - but only with compromises. Therefore, I would not replace the yeast for my yeast pastries with another product and would rather wait until there is yeast again in the supermarket. But if you still really want to bake, then we have delicious alternatives for you that don't need yeast: Bake, bake cakes.

If you haven't got yeast, that's not a problem! With us you will find many delicious recipes without yeast, like this fine rhubarb tart. Photo: SevenCooks

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