Category Archives: Flavor

Sourdough Not Sour, What? The Secret, Natural Leavening!

Natural Leavening Does Not Have to be Sour

Dear Amy, I just got a dry start packet, and following your directions, I was wondering, will the yeast be sour if I leave it out? I absolutely DETEST sourdough, and am hoping to be able to start wet yeast that will be sweet and not sour. Thanks, Dana   Natural Leavening does not have […]

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Ginger Crinkles Natural Leaven Recipe

Oh, so good. Natural Leaven recipe for a cold-weather favorite. Mix the batter the day before baking. Yummy to eat simply as cookie dough. If a recipe calls for flour, we add natural leavening.Vegan. 1/4 C. Natural Leavening* 1/4 C. molasses 1 C. natural sweetener, granulated 3/4 C. coconut oil (can use part butter) 1/4 […]

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Natural Leavening, “Mildly Sweet Natural Yeast” – Ask Dr. Dough

People have lots of questions about Natural Leavening and beginning a grain start.  We recently answered a few questions and want to share. HI. I just read [a] book on using natural yeast for baking, & I’m wondering if your yeast is the more mild/sweet yeast, or if it’s the stronger sourdough yeast?  I can […]

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Starter Stages

Doubled in volume Leaven

“What should my Natural Leaven starter look like?” The appearance of Natural Leaven starter varies drastically from it’s dormant, dry state to the beginning stages of growth, then to the height of light, airiness, and then back down to a thick, bubble-less liquid. Natural Leaven bacteria and yeast cultures also vary with the culturing temperature […]

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Throw Out the Yeast, Not Your Natural Leavening!

Every month I make hundreds of pounds of bread using natural leavening, also known as sourdough. It is hard to believe I once thought that making homemade bread was a lot of work! When I was first married, I was buying loaf bread at the store and a big bag of baker’s yeast sat in […]

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Naturally Leavened Bread Taste

We always get asked, “How does Naturally Leavened bread taste? Can you get your kids to eat it?” Children are not afraid to tell the truth, right?  We were initially surprised that children LIKE Naturally Leavened Bread so much. First our own children chanted, “We want more ‘daddy bread’!” as they called it. “This is […]

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Sourdough Natural Leavening Misconceptions

If you are like most people, you did not grow up using sour dough or natural leavening in your home regularly.  Most of us would appreciate a bit of clarification when it comes to using natural leavening.  Here are some common misconceptions followed by the truth about natural leavening. “You cannot use whole grain flour […]

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