Ever wanted to learn how to make homemade raw yeast?
Yeast Starter = Sponge = Levain
A starter is a mixture of flour, water, and other ingredients that’s been colonized by wild airborne yeast and friendly bacteria. These one-celled immigrants lend the starter–and the breads made with it–a special character.
I have some dried sultanas stored away, and i decided to have a go at making my own yeast, the dried fruit is idea as it can be stored away for a lengthy time and still be used at a later date.
The first things you will need is,
- Dried fruit.
- and Glass jar.
Add the dried fruit and water together and close the jar.
After a day or 2 the colour of the water will change, you need to open the lid each day to let the yeast breath, and give the contents a mix, do this once a day.
When you open the lid, gas should escape, if this happens you know that the yeast is growing. After about 7-10 days, you should be able to strain the liquid from the fruit.
You will want to remover the fruit from the liquid with a fine strainer.
Now pour out the liquid back into the jar and add plain flour, your want to add enough so it turns into a paste.