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Instant Yeast vs. Active Dry Yeast: What Is The Difference?

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 24, 2022 • 3 min read

Home bakers have more choices than ever when it comes to types of yeast: While a rustic loaf like sourdough requires a few tablespoons of a live levain or starter cultivated from wild, naturally occurring yeast, most recipes for simple leavened doughs like cinnamon rolls or sandwich bread will call for dry yeast. There are two players in that game: Active dry yeast and instant yeast.