Author: Val Baker

sourdough levain
Basics

Yeast Versus Baking Soda And Other Leavening Techniques

What is Levain? A levain (often spelled “levain” in French) is a type of pre-ferment traditionally used in the making of sourdough bread. It’s essentially a mixture of flour and water that has been inoculated with wild yeasts and bacteria from the environment. Over time, this mixture ferments, creating a natural leavening agent. The process […]

salt in sourdough bread
Baking secrets, Basics

How Salt Influence Fermentation, Flavor, Dough Structure and Shelf Life

Salt plays several important roles in sourdough baking. It’s critical component for flavor development. Both reducing and increasing its amount can significantly alter the bread’s taste, and finding the right balance is key to achieving a delicious loaf. It has a pivotal role in developing and strengthening the gluten structure in sourdough bread. Both too […]

bake sourdough bread in dutch oven
Baking secrets

Unlocking the Secrets of Dutch Oven Bread Baking

In the world of bread making, the development of the protein structure, known as gluten, traditionally relies heavily on kneading. However, there’s a fascinating alternative method that requires no kneading while still yielding excellent results. Dutch oven technique, a game-changer for bread enthusiasts. How Does Stretching and Folding Dough Create Fluffier Bread With the Dutch […]

using dormant starter
Basics, Starter

Can I Use Starter Right Out Of The Fridge?The Difference Between Active and Not Active

A sourdough starter is a mixture of flour and water that contains wild yeasts and beneficial bacteria. These microorganisms are responsible for the fermentation process that gives sourdough bread its characteristic flavor and texture. The difference between an active sourdough starter and a not active one lies in their fermentation activity and ability to leaven […]

Starter

3 Reasons Your Starter Is Not Doubling

It is very frustrating to see your starter not doubling even after you followed directions exactly and everything should go well according to the instructions, but it’s not. Your starter is not doubling and you are not sure what the reason is. I have run into this problem a few times and was able to […]

reviving sourdough starter
Starter

How I Revived My Dying Sourdough Starter

You have your beautiful sourdough starter, but then something happens, my be life happens and you stuck your buddy in a jar in the fridge and ….forget about it for a long while…..The poor thing looks dead once you finally have time to attend to it. I think you should definitely give a try at […]

Sourdough Bread

Bread Scoring Before And After

Scoring is a technique used to create a beautiful pattern on the surface of a loaf of sourdough bread. This pattern not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of the bread, but it also serves a practical purpose. By scoring the bread, bakers create weak points in the dough that allow the bread to expand […]