Why You Dissolve Active Dry Yeast in Water
Activating vs proofing yeast
It’s easy to mix up activating and proofing since they share the same step: dissolving yeast in water. But there is a distinction between the two.
Activating yeast means to dissolve active dry yeast in water. Active dry yeast is made out of yeast that’s been dehydrated to prolong its shelf life. Water wakes up those dormant, dried out yeast cells, warming them up for baking.