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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9405 on: June 23, 2014, 04:13:17 PM »
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« Reply #9406 on: June 23, 2014, 04:21:50 PM »
Does it matter how much (dry) yeast you use in a bread/roll recipe?
I had already poured the whole packet of yeast before deciding on halving my cinnamon roll recipe (they turned out great) but if we imagine the other way around (half the yeast for the regular amount of flour) would it change anything? Especially if I'm not pressed for time so that it can rise as needed?

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« Reply #9407 on: June 23, 2014, 06:13:17 PM »
Does it matter how much (dry) yeast you use in a bread/roll recipe?
I had already poured the whole packet of yeast before deciding on halving my cinnamon roll recipe (they turned out great) but if we imagine the other way around (half the yeast for the regular amount of flour) would it change anything? Especially if I'm not pressed for time so that it can rise as needed?

Yes, the amount of yeast matters (as does how old/effective the yeast is). How much it matters depends, but it definitely is a key component of bread. Bread is more of an art form than a science, and it can be somewhat forgiving of ingredients being out of balance with each other. But at its most basic, bread is air pockets (created as a by-product of the yeast consuming sugar or similar) suspended in a structure of elastic gluten (produced when you mix flour and water and knead it). The foundation of any bread is the balance between the air pockets and the structure that holds them in place.

If you add more yeast than the recipe calls for, the amount of sugar or other sweetener will still limit how much air the yeast can produce, but it might make the end product less sweet than it's supposed to be (since more yeast = more sugar consumption). If you add less yeast than the recipe calls for, in addition to probably ending up with bread that doesn't rise enough (and is therefore denser than it's supposed to be), you might end up with excess sugar and a sweeter end product than was intended.

Neither of those things is necessarily going to ruin a recipe, and there's a lot of personal taste that influences bread. But if you really have too much yeast, it is possible for bread to over-rise (which would stretch the gluten beyond its breaking point, and leave it unable to hold the air pockets suspended in the dough). If you really have too little yeast, or if your yeast isn't very active anymore, you might end up with bread that really doesn't rise at all. In that case, you'd probably end up with extra sugar in your end product, so it would also be a little sweeter than it's supposed to be. I think it would take a relatively large difference in the amount of sugar that was supposed to be left and what actually was before you'd taste much of a difference, which is why bread can be fairly forgiving of such an imbalance.

Ultimately, there's a limit to how much one little yeast cell can produce, so if you don't have enough of them (or they are particularly lackluster from age), you can wait forever and the bread still won't rise enough. The other piece of the equation is when you bake it, because bread rises in the oven until it gets cooked enough that the yeast dies. So if the yeast is rising very slowly, the bread will rise very slowly while it's baking, and at some point there is no more rising that will happen because the yeast is dead.

Flour, water, sugar to feed the yeast, and yeast are the only essential components of bread (other ingredients contribute to the taste or texture, but aren't strictly necessary), so mucking around with any of those essentials too much can throw the whole thing out of balance and result in really non-tasty bread. Mucking around with them a little is one reason why varieties of bread exist, and people frequently do alter that basic balance of flour/water to yeast/sugar so that they can have bread to their liking.


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« Reply #9408 on: June 23, 2014, 06:43:01 PM »
Would you be upset if someone you are pretty close to, who was in your wedding and who is family did not invite you to their wedding?
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« Reply #9409 on: June 23, 2014, 06:50:44 PM »
Would you be upset if someone you are pretty close to, who was in your wedding and who is family did not invite you to their wedding?

Depends a lot on the wedding.  If it's small, far away, particularly religious (in a religion you don't belong to), etc. - then no.  If it's local and they invite 300 people and you're on the list, that's a bit more hurtful.

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« Reply #9410 on: June 23, 2014, 06:58:42 PM »
It's a reasonable drive, not intimate and the same religion. I'm baffled. It isn't secret and we are all on social media together.

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« Reply #9411 on: June 23, 2014, 07:00:56 PM »
Is it possible the invitation went astray and they really did intend to invite you? My best friend from college never received the invitation I sent him, and it's not unheard of for things to get mis-delivered or lost in the mail.


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« Reply #9412 on: June 23, 2014, 07:01:45 PM »
I've emailed the closest relative asking for the date so we can send a card and gift, since the happy couple will be relocating afterwards.
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« Reply #9413 on: June 23, 2014, 07:35:41 PM »
It's a reasonable drive, not intimate and the same religion. I'm baffled. It isn't secret and we are all on social media together.

If virtually everyone else you know was invited to this wedding, I'm guessing that somehow your invitation went astray somehow.  It does put you in an awkward position.  You can't very well say to the happy couple "I plan to come to your wedding, but my invitation seems to have gotten lost!" just in case they really did NOT invite you quite intentionally.

I've emailed the closest relative asking for the date so we can send a card and gift, since the happy couple will be relocating afterwards.

I think you've already come up with what seems like the best solution here.  The closest relative may inquire of the HC whether or not it was intended that you be invited and if you were supposed to be invited they can rectify what went wrong.  And if not, well, at least you will have behaved appropriately even though you may be a little hurt and disappointed. 

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« Reply #9414 on: June 24, 2014, 08:46:24 AM »
It's going to be monetary, so no need to pack.  ;)
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« Reply #9415 on: June 24, 2014, 04:16:07 PM »
When people I know moved far, far away, I gifted them with an Amazon gift card. Nothing to take with them and they could use it from anywhere in the world, to buy just what they wanted.
It was very much appreciated. :)

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« Reply #9416 on: June 24, 2014, 10:03:07 PM »
I give Amazon cards as teacher gifts. DH says there are people who don't shop at Amazon. I cannot imagine....

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« Reply #9417 on: June 24, 2014, 10:33:43 PM »
I give Amazon cards as teacher gifts. DH says there are people who don't shop at Amazon. I cannot imagine....
Teachers probably love you for this.  There are only so many "Best Teacher in the World" coffee mugs one can accumulate, after all.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9418 on: June 25, 2014, 07:29:45 AM »
I have a question about driver positioning in a car.

If you are driving a car, there are only so many positions that work with all the things you should be doing.
*Looking left, right and forward for possible cars/people/animals coming in your space.
*Using the steering wheel.
*Shifting, if in a manual transmission car.
*Braking.

Lately, I have seen quite a few drivers in odd configurations. This morning, there was a driver with their head and shoulder leaned against the side window. It doesn't look comfortable and they weren't above average height.
Another thing I have seen recently is the driver having their left leg bent with their foot on the seat.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9419 on: June 25, 2014, 09:17:52 AM »
I have a question about driver positioning in a car.

If you are driving a car, there are only so many positions that work with all the things you should be doing.
*Looking left, right and forward for possible cars/people/animals coming in your space.
*Using the steering wheel.
*Shifting, if in a manual transmission car.
*Braking.

Lately, I have seen quite a few drivers in odd configurations. This morning, there was a driver with their head and shoulder leaned against the side window. It doesn't look comfortable and they weren't above average height.
Another thing I have seen recently is the driver having their left leg bent with their foot on the seat.

There was a guy I went to school with who'd drive with his seat-back nearly laying down in the back seat, and the palm of one hand on the wheel. No fingers, no actually holding the wheel. I've no idea how he could see to drive this way, and shudder to think of any fast-reacting necessary when he's not even holding the wheel.  I've also seen drivers with their left foot out the window, and the standard "too-cool-to-drive-properly" guy lounging back with his right arm draped over the back of the passenger seat.