Q:

What is the relationship between yeast and sugar substitutes?

A:

Quick Answer

Yeast is a single-celled fungus that makes dough rise by feeding on sugar to produce carbon dioxide; sugar substitutes do not activate yeast. Yeast enables baking through the process of fermentation, of which carbon dioxide and alcohol are byproducts. Sugar substitutes lack the chemical properties and energy content necessary for yeast to feed upon. Thus, sugar substitutes do not rise, strengthen or imbue dough with taste.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Yeast is a unicellular fungus that exists throughout the environment. The mass-produced form lays dormant until mixed in water. When exposed to warm water and sugar (whether it is table sugar or the sugar in flour), yeast begins to feed. It then releases carbon dioxide and alcohol as byproducts.

The flour and water combine to form a substance known as gluten, which becomes stretchy as it is kneaded. The emitted carbon dioxide fills up and inflates air bubbles within the gluten. As a result, the dough rises. The yeast fermentation also strengthens the dough and creates flavor.

Sugar substitutes are completely different compounds from sugar. Often, they also contain less food energy than sugar. Yeast does not feed upon these substances. Consequently, the yeast does not ferment and is unable to perform the desired baking functions.

Learn more about Food Facts

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you make Hawaiian Bread Rolls?

    A:

    To make Hawaiian dinner rolls, place ingredients such as bread flour, yeast, sugar and lemon and vanilla extracts in a bread machine to make the bread dough, and then turn the dough out on a floured surface. Shape the dough into balls, and allow time for the dough to rise before baking the rolls.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a good Cinnabon recipe you can make at home?

    A:

    A recipe for Cinnabon cinnamon buns can be found at the Jo Cooks blog and is made by combining yeast, milk, sugar, margarine, salt, eggs and flour for the dough, with brown sugar, margarine and cinnamon filling and butter, sugar, cream cheese vanilla and salt for the frosting. This is a copycat of the official Cinnabon recipe.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you make thin-crust pizza dough?

    A:

    To make thin-crust pizza dough, gather active dry yeast, sugar, warm water and cake flour. Also gather all-purpose flour, kosher salt and extra-virgin olive oil. A food processor is used for this recipe.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a recipe for an authentic Italian pizza?

    A:

    For an authentic Italian pizza, prepare your dough mixing 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of water, 1 package of active dry yeast and a pinch of sugar. Garnish with tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, olive oil and a hint of salt.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore