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    Question:Basic Machine French Bread

    barbhorvath
    Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:02 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Basic Machine French Bread

    Is there really no sugar in this recipe? I thought sugar was necessary to get the yeast to work. I could very well be mistaken on that.
    Zeldaz
    Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:07 pm
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    No, yeast does not require sugar, although some cooks like to use some to give it a head start. It will feed off the starch in the flour. French bread is traditionally made with just flour, water, yeast, and salt.
    duonyte
    Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:09 pm
    Forum Host
    Nope, you do not need sugar to make yeast work. If not using a bread machine I proof my yeast by sprinkling over water and then stirring in a spoonful of flour. You will find many recipes here that do not use sugar . Sugar helps the crust of a bread brown, but the yeast does not need it at all.
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