In case any of you are bread bakers, I just wanted to let you all know that you can buy fresh yeast cake at Frenco Vrac on St. Laurent, near Duluth. I bought some today and tried it for the first time as I was looking for a truly flavorful yeast product, as opposed to the rather tasteless "active dry yeasts" that are available everywhere. Unfortunately, yeast that has been selected for rapid rise has had all the flavor bred out of it!
Anyhow, yeast cake is easy to use and takes only a bit longer than these quickie yeasts and the flavor of then bread is well worth the wait. I used about a tablespoon sized hunk of it and dissolved it in warm water and some sugar and the rest is as usual when making bread. Here's my first attempt at Challah bread, made by hand. It was delicious.
Oops. Just realized CH can't upload photos from an iPad.....photo to follow.
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