break down

fadeout32811!!!

Senior Member
french
Hi,

I am watching "The Great British Bake off" and there are lines that I don't understand.
In a scene, a baker is kneading a dough and explaining how to make it.
He says ,

"The impact of the sugar, what it does is, it feeds the yeast, but it tends to break it down so you've got to be careful."

I don't understand "but it tends to break it down so you've got to be careful."
What does this mean?
Would someone explain please?

Thank you very much!
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    This probably means that the dough can be damaged by using too much sugar in the mixture. I suppose that too much sugar exhausts the yeast so that it doesn't do what it should to make the dough rise.
     
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