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Good question -- we tested the recipe 3 times as written and it worked fine, possibly because the other ingredients in the dough were in the right temperature range to activate the yeast. I'll forward your question to the recipe's author so she can weigh in.
Kristen, you are doing an amazing job staying on top of these questions and giving such great answers! Will you be able to cook your dinner? :)
Thanks SKK! We're all taking shifts manning the Hotline, and this is one of mine! Which means we'll all get time to cook (and eat) too. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!
You guys are the best! Happy Thanksgiving right back at you!
AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.
I always make it this way, and have never had a problem. It's not the temperature, as I understand it, that's necessary in active dry yeast. It's moisture. The yeast is coated with a protective layer which must be dissolved in order for the yeast to work. There is plenty of liquid in the dough itself, if you follow the recipe as written. However, if you want to proof your yeast, to make sure that it's still active (not a bad idea, if you are not sure), then use 3 tablespoons of water to do so, and use that much less sour cream. You'll need to watch the addition of flour a bit more carefully, as the substitution is not exact (due to the fat in the sour cream). ;o)
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