The key ingredient in bread that makes it swell up into a large and delicious loaf is yeast. These living organisms are a type of fungi that are very common throughout the world, and can be found in the atmosphere and on most surfaces. The species and strains of the Saccharomyces cervisiae is the exact type of yeast organisms used for fermenting bread and alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine. Many people take yeast as vitamins because it is 50 percent protein and a rich source of B vitamins, niacin, and folic acid.

Most breads baked today use a commercial yeast culture. These types of yeasts have been genetically engineered for taste and more importantly, for repeatable, stable performance. Before commercial yeasts were available, wild yeasts were used for all bread baking. These yeasts are called sourdough yeasts. In a sense, all breads were once sourdough.

The sourdough or wild yeasts have very different characteristics than the genetically manufactured varieties. Sourdough yeasts can survive a much wider temperature variation, can live in acidic environments (the tangy taste), and can remain dormant for a much longer time period. They also taste very different; giving sourdough breads their unique flavour and chewy texture.

This delicious tangy flavour also enables the bread to be made using less salt than the conventional methods of bread making.
These wild yeasts are captured in a batter style mix forming a culture known as the ‘mother culture’. The only ingredient used in our culture is flour. Many so called ‘sour doughs’ have cultures created with a variety of ingredients including sugar, commercial yeast and ascorbic acid. Our culture is simply refreshed with only flour and water.

To make our variety of breads we simply add some of our original culture to a variety of flours, fruits and seeds. We then allow the dough to naturally ferment and rise over a period of 24 hours to produce a rustic style sour dough bread.

We do hope you enjoy the culinary experience of tasting our naturally fermented sour dough breads.

If you require any more information regarding Sourdough processes, understanding types of flours, milling techniques and the health attributes of Sourdough please take a look through our website or contact us.You are also welcome to contact us at Hope Farm Organic Sourdough Bakery.
Hope Farm Organic Sourdough Bakery