How to activate Allinsons Dried Active Yeast

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I thought I had a problematic batch of yeast so I returned it to Allinson (The Silver Spoon Company) as faulty. They tested it and even baked a loaf of bread with it. it transpires that Allinsons Dried Active Yeast is unsuitable for breadmakers and needs to be activated first. These instructions are verbatim from Allinson - Jane Johnson; Customer Quality Co-ordinator.

How to activate Allinsons Dried Active Yeast
Allinson Dried Active Yeast
NOT SUITABLE for Breadmakers
Calories per serving:16
Ready in:15 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:None
Recipe author:Chef
First published:19th March 2020

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Poorly labelled Allinson


Not sure why but the labelling on this product used to make very clear that it was not suitable for breadmakers, now it just about whispers it. Not Good Guys!

Paul R Smith


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  1. Dissolve the sugar in warm water
  2. Sprinkle in the dried active yeast and whisk thoroughly.
  3. Leave in a warm place until the surface is covered in froth. This usually takes 15 minutes.
  4. Whisk again and use immediately.
  5. Liquid used to activate should not be used in addition to the amount of liquid in the recipe.

Chef's notes

Like me, you were probably not aware that this was necessary as I had been using this yeast in our breadmaker for years and years. However, the loaves are much better after following this procedure.

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