1 11, 2018


Levain Also known as sourdough starter What is Levain? Levain is a type of preferment which matures slowly prior to its addition to bread dough. In the United States, the terms ‘sourdough’ and ‘levain’ are often used interchangeably, which is not the case in Europe. Both terms refer to a similar composition [...]

10 06, 2015

Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter What is Sourdough Starter? Sourdough starter is the biochemical leavening agent which replaces added yeast in sourdough bread. These starters are responsible for the unique flavor and aroma of artisan, rustic-type sourdough breads. In simple terms, a sourdough starter is a mixture of flour, water and the most precious ingredient [...]

7 06, 2015


Preferment What is a Preferment? A preferment is a mixture of dough components which is allowed to ferment before it is added to a bread mix. Types of preferments include: Sourdough Levain (a type of more hydrated sourdough) Poolish (also known as French preferment) Biga (Italian preferment or aged dough) Pȃte fermentée [...]


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