At the beginning of the bread making process, I do this:
- Put some warm water in a bowl or kettle.
- Sprinkle the yeast in it.
- Add about a teaspoon of sugar to help the yeast get all ‘happy’.
- Watch for the mixture to get a bit frothy (bubbly), then proceed.
Recently, I did #1, #2, and #3. Then, I sort of skipped #4 because I got busy with something else for a while. This is what happens when you skip #4:
Source Recipe: http://milkmaidrecipebox.blogspot.com