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baking sourdough without yeast?

flourgirl51's picture

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

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

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.