Sourdough: everything you need to know about sourdough

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If we want to prepare naturally leavened bread, focaccia, pizzas and desserts, we cannot do without mother yeast. It was normal to use mother yeast in the past for homemade bread, each family kept a bowl and the preparation of the pana became a real moment of celebration. Fortunately, more and more people are now rediscovering mother yeast.



If we want to prepare naturally leavened bread, focaccia, pizzas and desserts, we cannot do without mother yeast.In the past, using yeast or sourdough for homemade bread was normal and was part of everyday life in every home.

Each family kept a bowl and the preparation of bread became a real moment of celebration. Now, fortunately, more and more people are rediscovering mother yeast.

Many will certainly have already heard of it, still others have recently started using it or have been dedicated to baking with mother yeast for years now. The art of preparing bread - and more - with mother yeast it is spreading mainly thanks to the exchange and barter networks of this special natural yeast for which each of us can have free mother yeast available from those who want to donate some.



Otherwise we can try to prepare our mother yeast in a very simple way at home, only with water and flour. Here are some very interesting ideas on mother yeast and many useful recipes.

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Solid mother yeast and liquid mother yeast

Did you know they exist different types of mother yeast? What is the mother yeast you usually use to make bread? Solid or liquid? In fact, there are precise differences between solid mother yeast e liquid mother yeast not only in terms of consistency but also in terms of use and storage. Choosing liquid sourdough could be easier for those new to baking, but solid sourdough is not at all difficult to use, it is more a matter of habit. You discover Thu many tips for using and storing solid and liquid mother yeast.

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Prepare the mother yeast at home with water and flour

The simplest recipe for making sourdough at home requires you to use only water e flour. If you haven't found anyone in your area who has some sourdough on hand to give you, it's time to try prepare the mother yeast at home. The recommendation is to use only organic flour. To prepare homemade mother yeast with water and flour, we recommend using type 0 soft wheat flour or spelled flour. THU our recipe for prepare the mother yeast at home only with water and flour.


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How to get the mother yeast

The sourdough it is a gift: it is not sold, it is not bought, you simply give it away. In your network of friends or relatives there is probably someone who already uses it and who maybe can't wait to give you some and explain how to use it. Spread the word among your acquaintances too: maybe someone is already using sourdough without your knowledge. To get your own sourdough you can also participate in a bakery or self-production workshop or ask if someone has some available to donate to you during an organic fair or at the farmer's market.

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Gluten-free sourdough

For those who cannot use the common mother yeast, prepared with wheat flour, here is a very interesting alternative. This is the gluten-free mother yeast, which you can prepare with rice flour or very fine corn flour (fioretto corn flour). You can add a teaspoon of honey or sugar to facilitate the process of preparing the gluten-free yeast. THU instructions for preparing and cooling gluten-free sourdough.

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How to make bread with mother yeast

We must not forget that the mother yeast it must be stored and used in the correct way. We must take care of it, check that it does not become too acidic and refresh it by adding water and flour in the right quantities and at the right times. If we want to keep the sourdough longer, we can also freeze or dry a piece of it. As for the doses of use, the advice is to follow the instructions indicated from time to time in the chosen recipes. THU many useful tips for making bread with mother yeast.



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Recipes with mother yeast

There are so many recipes in which we can use mother yeast. For example we can prepare homemade bread with spelled flour or bread with wholemeal wheat flour, but also savory crackers, bread sticks, breakfast biscuits, naturally leavened cakes and brioche. Without forgetting the pandolce and bread with walnuts. THU aunt recipes with yeast mother.

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Pizzas and focaccias with sourdough

Pizzas and focaccias are even better when we prepare them at home with mother yeast and make sure that the leavening is really natural, slow and long, to obtain a much more digestible dough. We can prepare both crispy pizzas and high pizzas and the same goes for focaccia, which we can then season and stuff with our favorite ingredients. Discover all the recipes to prepare pizzas and focaccia with yeast mother.

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How to use the surplus of mother yeast

We learn to do not waste anything in the kitchen, neither the surplus of mother yeast, that is the mother yeast that we have available in excess of the doses required by a recipe. The surplus of sourdough is also defined as: leftover sourdough that has not undergone a recent refreshment. The surplus of mother yeast is useful for preparing numerous sweet and savory recipes. It would be a real shame to throw it away. THU recipes to experiment.

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Mother yeast as a way of life

Finally, let's not forget that the mother yeast it is not only a valuable aid to making bread at home ma it is above all a way of life. In fact, it teaches us to rediscover the pleasure of knowing how to do, to take care of the resources we have at our disposal, not to waste and always keep a small stock aside for the future since we cannot know what awaits us. Without forgetting that sourdough is probably one of the most important symbols of the gift economy, bartering and self-production.

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Marta Albè

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