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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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Sour Starter Solution

  Dear Amy, Please help me! I started the hard wheat leavening with flour and water and after 36 hours on the counter I made yummy pancakes. I added flour and water to the remaining starter and left it on the counter, but the next day I made pancakes and they were sour. I added […]

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French Crepes, Quick Naturally Leavened Recipe

Here’s a French pancake naturally leavened recipe that I think you’ll love! You can try this quick batter recipe even if your Natural Leavening is falling or fallen, when it is especially healthy. Crepes are ready in minutes with no need for further culturing! French Crepes Delicious!  Savory or sweet fillings.  Serves 6 hungry people. […]

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“Feared” Fermented Foods-8 Points to Change a Picky Eater

Naturally leavened bread is part of the occasionally feared “fermented foods family”, also known as pickled, cultured, and soured. Fermented grain, sourdough, or Natural Leavening has been around since antiquity like many of it’s kinsfolk. My family regularly enjoys raw sauerkraut, yogurt, cultured cream, tofu, fermented cod liver oil, and naturally leavened bread (of course!). […]

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Naturally Leaven Ancient Grain – Ask Dr. Dough

Do you know where to get ancient grain, like Einkorn wheat, at a good price?  I’m seeing sticker shock with $4/lb & up.  As much as I use [grain], there’s no way I could afford that except for just once in a while.  Maybe I’ll incorporate it in but not exclusively.  Right now I have […]

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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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Leavening from Grandma

“Did people use Natural Leavening before refrigeration?” Natural Leavening does not have to be refrigerated.  If people made leavened bread any time prior to about 1850, they used natural leavening techniques like sourdough, and they did not have refrigeration.  Without the help of refrigeration to put your leavening start “on hold”, it ferments faster, earning […]

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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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