--A writer in the Richmond Whig
says that peach leaves make better yeast than hops, which are now worth two Dollars per pound.
The process is thus described:
Take three large peach leaves and three medium-sized potatoes, boil them in two quarts of water, until the potatoes are done; take out the leaves and throw them away; peal the potatoes and rub them up with a pint of flour, adding cold water sufficient to make a peate; then pour on the hot peach-leaf tea, and scald for about five minutes. If you add to this a little yeast, it will be ready for use in three hours. If you add none, it will require to stand a day and a night before use. Leaves dried in the shade are as good as fresh ones.
As this is stronger than the hop yeast, less should be used in making up the dough.