I have had a problem with challa rising want to try some of the gold label yeast. Having an awful time locating it. I looked online and with shipping it comes to around $13 for a 1 lb bag. I usually pay around $3-4 for the red so this is really a lot just to try it. Anyone know of any big box stores that might carry it? Or online with resonabler shipping... a 1 lb pkg shouldnt be that much.
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How much sugar do you use in your challah? More than a 1/2 cup of sugar/honey per 5 cups of flour? Gold wants a baker's percentage of at least 10%.
The first thing I'd do is explain to a bakery what you're trying to do and ask them for a quarter cup or so, enough to try out a couple of batches. They'll probably charge you a mere pittance, and less -- half a bagatelle perhaps -- if you have a cup of tea and a poppy-seed hamentashen while you're there.
You can get it (yeast, not a hamentash) from KAF if all else fails. Fold it in with a large order so you can spread the shipping costs around.
I've never had trouble making Challah with regular Red Label, and wonder if your problem isn't something else -- like not enough moisture. What with the egg, sugar, and fat Challah dough should be pretty slack.
Edited by boar_d_laze - 11/13/11 at 8:27am