Characters: Bitty Faramir,mag_the_cook
Disclaimer: Only Mag is mine, the rest is borrowed.
Feeding the Beasts
“How does the bread come out puffy, Mag, if the dough starts out flat?” Faramir asked.
“Some folk say there are tiny beasts inside, yeasty-beasts. First we feed them warm honeywater, then sugar and flour and eggs. Set them in a warm place; while they rest, their sleepy breath swells up the dough.”
“And then we bake it, and eat up the yeasty-beasts! With jam!” Faramir chortled. I was happy to hear it; he had become rather soft-hearted on the subject of food lately. Thank goodness invisible yeasty-beasts did not arouse the same sympathy as the creatures in the marketplace.
a. to test the effectiveness of (yeast), as by combining with warm water so that a bubbling action occurs.
b. to cause (esp. bread dough) to rise due to the addition of baker's yeast or other leavening.