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baking sourdough without yeast?

flourgirl51's picture
flourgirl51

baking sourdough without yeast?

I had a customer ask me if I could make sourdough bread without yeast as his daughter isn't supposed to have yeast. I don't make sourdough yet. I thought that I read somewhere on this site that you can do sourdough without yeast but does that mean that the bread would be yeast free as I thought that the starter picked up yeast from the air. Is it possible to make sourdough bread with no yeast?

blaisepascal's picture
blaisepascal

It is possible to make sourdough without adding commercial yeast, but sourdough starter is really a yeast (and symbiotic helpful bacteria) farm.

ehanner's picture
ehanner

That leaves you with chemical leavening. Quick breads using baking powder and or soda and either buttermilk or a little vinegar or some acid to kick the chemical reaction.


Eric

rockfish42's picture
rockfish42

Supposedly people who can't tolerate commercial yeast might not have a problem with the wild yeasts in sourdough. Assuming this is a real problem and not one of those weird candida scare diets.