Sourdough is a hype in Sweden and everywhere you find many version of sourdough bread and it’s not like the San Francisco sourdough. While in Sweden for Christmas, the most popular sourdough bread we ate was levain and we were hooked and I promised myself I was going to make my own levain as soon as we got home. Levain is a leaving agent used instead of commercial yeast. Levain bread is nutritionally better for you because the lactobacilli and ascorbic acid presented helps neutralize physic acids, a substance that occurs in bread that inhibits mineral absorption by the body. Bread baked with a sourdough starter also stays fresh longer.

Last weekend is when I decided to give it a try. I consider myself an avid baker and pretty good one too. I  I use fermentation in my my breads all the time so I really thought this was going to be a walk in the park. Think again!!! It was very time consuming since the fermentation process takes days–read 3 and you have to care for the levain morning and evening. It has to rise for 3 days in a warm place. I told James on day 3 it better be the most amazing bread ever and guess what IT WAS. OMG it was so good and the whole family agreed in was the best. After we ate some of the bread with soup that night my husband asked ” so was it hard to make, I mean really really hard?”. I know where he was going with this and yes I will bake it again.

The starter

The base for fermented bread is wild yeast or also called starter and I made one from this recipe. You mix water and flour together and let it sit out for a few days to let the formation process start when the exposure starts the baceria and fungus growth. It takes 3-4 days for the starter yeast to be fermented but then you have  yeast for a couple of baking sessions. I used white spelt flour instead of white flour for my starter.

Hard work turns into this!

The recipe I followed for the levain bread was this one. I made all my starters and baked all the levain breads with white and whole wheat spelt flour.

February 10, 2020

Fredrika Syren

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

1 Comment

  1. Centehua Deneken

    January 23, 2012

    I loooooove this bread! this is real food.

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Hello there! My name is Fredrika and I’m a Sweden native living in San Diego, California with my husband James and our three children. I’m an environmental writer and have been sharing my family’s journey of living zero-waste since we shifted our lifestyle back in 2016.

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