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Proof

Definition: Proof


Proof
A term used in bread making that means to dissolve yeast in a warm liquid. You then set it aside for five to ten minutes while the yeast does its magic and becomes bubbly.

You do this to prove that the yeast you're using is actually alive, active and able to work in a bread or baked good recipe (hence the name "proofing").

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puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
^That's the kind of proof I need to avoid. ;-)
Food Food 10 years
Yep, that's right. Proof does also mean that. You proof the yeast and then you proof the bread. I should've stated that too. Proof is also, in a totally unrelated definition, the measure of how much ethanol is in an alcoholic beverage. It's usually twice the percentage of alcohol by volume. So 80 proof is 40% alcohol.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
That's just part of the definition...it also means the initial rise after the flour has been incorporated, and the final rise before the loaves go into the oven.
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