Italians have run out of brewer's yeast
Apparently, we are all baking while in quarantine...
Forget masks and hand sanitizer, the true tragedy is that Italians have run out of brewer's yeast. People are locked down at home for almost 3 weeks, and what's better than using the plenty of time due to quarantine for baking? As a result, many Italians had the idea to bake pizza at home, make homemade bread and croissants, and these needs a main ingredient, brewer's yeast.
Now it's almost impossible to find some brewer's yeast cube and the few shops who still have it sell them at watering eyes prices. I thought it was a joke, to be honest, but checking in the supermarkets around my home there was none, and I saw friends purchasing the precious cubes at 8 times the regular price. Usually brewer's yeast it's very cheap, two cubes cost 20 cents, now people are selling them at 1,70...
Why brewer's yeast?
There are many raising agents on sale, either natural or chemical, the above said brewer's yeast is also available dried, there are baking powder and a lot of alternatives to this ingredient. The fact is that fresh brewer's yeast is the simplest and most used raising agent, and most of us learned how to bake using it.
Skilled people can make homemade sourdough, but it's a long process and it really needs to be careful, sourdough is a sort of living thing, which needs constant care and attention, and also takes a lot of time. I've never tried it and I'm not going to share any recipe because I don't want to poison anyone.
Anyway, if you fancy to make pizza at home but you don't have brewer's yeast, this is a good alternative I'm going to try.
150 ml of beer, a teaspoon of sugar and one and a half tablespoon of flour. Let rest for a whole night, and you will have the equivalent of 70 grams of brewer's yeast.
Meanwhile, I'm gonna take good care of my last cube!