Tag Archives: natural yeast

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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Natural Leavening Refreshment, Weight & Heat

Natural Leavening Refreshments and Weight

Inconsistent Natural Leavening Refreshment? Weighty Matter, Hot Topic. Hi Amy – I’ve been trying to get the natural leavening started and am not having any luck.  It’s been 36 hours and looks no different than when I started.  The directions say to stir it every 12 hours.  After the first 12 hours, it had grown […]

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Natural Leavening Yeast Sourdough Mold? Ask Amy

It can happen.

Dear Amy, Hey, quick question, will the [Natural Leavening yeast] sourdough mold? My starter turned dark and formed a liquid on top. I thought I killed it. I’m paranoid. Thanks, Emilie M., Provo, UT. Afraid of Mold. When I first began natural leavening, I was afraid of mold growth. Each week, I would carefully check my […]

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Italian Salad, Balsamic Dressing, Freshly Baked Croutons Naturally Leavened Recipe

Naturally Leavening Yeast Sourdough Recipe

Go green! Here’s a little gift to you from the McClean’s! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Italian Salad with Naturally Leavened Croutons and Balsamic Dressing makes a delightful lunch or dinner first course. Freshly Baked Croutons, Naturally Leavened Recipe A.McClean So good! Crisp on the outside and soft inside. Perfect for Italian and Caesar salads! Bring day […]

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Natural Leavening Book & Blog & Research

Natural Leavening Book Postponed, Blog Begins, Research Done. Natural leavening is alive and well! European Universities continue to produce new, positive research about natural leavening, also known as sourdough. We have conducted insightful, original research with Old World Natural Leavening. Our goal is to provide an accurate, easy-to-follow guide to natural leavening. With new insight […]

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Sugars & Sourdough Starter: Ask the Dietitian

    Dear Amy, I recently purchased one of your gluten free starters for my sons who has Celiac and a whole wheat starter for me. He cannot have any sugar except dextrose. Will Natural Leavening even work without sugar? C.C.   Dear CC, Honey, maple syrup, molasses, dried molasses (rapadura), sucanant, fruit juice concentrate, […]

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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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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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Making Scratch Starter Sometimes Smells – Ask Dr. Dough

Dr. Matt McClean, I started  making starter on my own via instructions on the internet with fresh ground wheat & water.  It worked great but went crazy, grew super huge, & smelled WAY sour strong. The other start was a dehydrated start from [some one else].  It was just a tiny bit & started fine, […]

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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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