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Wild Yeast, Fruit Water Yeast Bread


I follow Elaine@foodbod’  both her blog and other social media outlets like Instagram, lately she has been cultivating her own wild yeast and making the most amazing bread, I have been so intrigued and inspired to try her recipe. You make wild yeast simply by putting fruit, in water and let it sit until it ferments it only takes a week sometimes less.  My first attempt I used raisins which for some reason didn’t work so I tried apple and that worked perfectly.

The bread did not have a tremendous rise, it was modest. When making the semolina bread I did add a very small amount 1/4 tsp of instant yeast, I did that because I felt the semolina is pretty heavy and it might need a little bit of a boost, I’m sure it would be fine without it, so that is optional of course. Elaine’s bread is beautiful and the crust is amazing, I’ve made this a number of times and my crust just doesn’t have the same look as hers, it’s still good mind you, but her crust is crusty looking for lack of a better word and meant in a really good way! I have asked her about this and she thinks it could be the difference in flour or some other factor, she is in England and I must say has this down pat. Check Elaine out both on her blog and Instagram.

The first loaf turned out beautifully and you can find the recipe on her blog by clicking on the link in the first paragraph, I was so pleased at the rise and the flavor was delicious.

fruit water bread

The second loaf I made was from date water, I saw Elaine’s beautiful loaves on Instagram and wanted to give that a go. I deviated a bit on the bread recipe using semolina and adapting a recipe I found on King Arthur Flour site. The biga/preferment or poolish is Elaine’s recipe.

Dates after a week see the bubbles

Date water semolina bread

adapted from a recipe by Elaine at Food Bod and King Arthur Flour

Biga or Poolish

10 oz fermented date water (150 grams)

1 1/2 cup bread flour (150 grams) (add more if the dough is too wet, by the spoonful) It should be soft but not runny. Use equal parts flour and water pretty much.

Mix together and let sit overnight covered in plastic wrap and a tea towel. In the morning it should be bubbly.

Bubbly biga

The Bread

1 1/2 cup flour

1 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup semolina flour

1/4 tsp instant yeast

1 scant tbs salt

1 cup cool water

Put all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Mix on low speed for about 5 minutes, it will become a cohesive dough. Turn the mixer off, cover with plastic and let sit for 30 minutes. Turn the mixer back on medium speed and knead for another 5 minutes. Remove dough to a clean lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel and put in the refrigerator overnight.

The following morning take it out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Shape into desired shape (I made a boule), place on parchment lined baking sheet.nCover with oiled plastic wrap loosely and a tea towel and let rise for approximately one hour. When you press your finger in the dough it should leave an indent.

Heat oven to 475 degree’s. Slash the dough with a razor, knife or lame, dust with some flour and place in the oven, throw a few ice cubes at the bottom of the oven. Immediately reduce the temperature to 425 degree’s and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes. Bread when tapped will sound hollow and it will be a golden brown. You can also place a parchment round in a dutch oven and bake covered in the pot. You will need to bake a little longer using this method. Elaine gives instructions in her recipe.

King Arthur’s recipe offers a great idea for keeping the bread, place cut side down on counter or cutting board, don’t cover it with anything. The crust will stay pretty crisp and the inside of the bread stays soft. It works.

Stand the bread on a counter cut side down the bread stays soft the crust fairly crisp. This loaf was made with a little more yeast than the one below. You can see the difference.

I did experiment with the semolina bread the first loaf I added a half tsp of instant yeast, the second loaf 1/4 tsp. There is a marked difference in the texture of the bread and I think both are good.

36 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi oh my yummy.

    September 3, 2017
  2. Wow these look like they came out of a professional bread baker’s oven! 🙂

    September 3, 2017
  3. This is marvelous, Suzanne! I love hearing about your experiments. Thank you for sharing the delicious and beautiful results. And the personalized cutting board is too cool. 😀 Hugs on the wing.

    September 3, 2017
    • Thanks Teagan I love experimenting and had so much fun with this!! Thank you so much my friend❤️

      September 3, 2017
  4. Your bread looks marvellous – and you – have the perfume !
    Then a slice with fresh butter, home jam – and it is also a piece of happiness ! Merci chère Suzanne – avec mes bises et amitiés – france 🙂

    September 3, 2017
    • Bon soir France, the bread is wonderful and a very nice crumb and texture, oui, confiture et beurre incredible!!merci mon amis!! Hugs❤️

      September 3, 2017
  5. Wow Suzanne what a food adventure. How interesting, I never knew you could make bread with fermented fruit water. So cool.

    September 3, 2017
  6. I love the way you add your own touch, Suzanne. I’m crazy about “crusty” bread. Does the fruit water give off a fruity flavor? (silly question)

    September 3, 2017
    • Hi Mary, not a silly question at all. The loaf from the apple water has a very slight flavor of apples, almost undetectable but there. The loaf with date water has a slight sweetness from the dates. It’s really good and thank you so much!!

      September 3, 2017
  7. gorgeous Suzanne! So unique

    September 3, 2017
  8. I have made sourdough bread in the past by fermenting dough (growing my own yeast bread). This sounds similar and VERY fascinating! Thank you for sharing this!

    September 3, 2017
    • I have never made sour dough, this is the closest I’ve come. It has a slightly sour taste but almost undetectable. Thank you so much.

      September 4, 2017
  9. Thank you so much for sharing my blog and your experiences, I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed playing with the yeast water x x x x x

    September 4, 2017
    • Thank you for this it is a revelation, I love it!

      September 4, 2017
      • Me too! I think it’s really useful for people that feel overwhelmed about making or keeping a sourdough starter alive

        September 4, 2017
      • Very and that would be me, I have been known to kill starter after only one or two uses. This works so well.

        September 4, 2017
    • You are the cleve one!

      September 4, 2017
  10. mistimaan #

    Very awesome recipe 🙂

    September 4, 2017
  11. Okay, how cool is that? I love learning new things like that. That bread is stunning and the cutting board – perfect!

    September 4, 2017
  12. Oh Suzanne!! Wonderful recipe–the most beautiful beautiful loaves of bread!! They look like they came from a fancy bakery!! Honestly I would be happy to pretty much live on bread and butter– and would love some of this bread! thanks!

    September 6, 2017
  13. Sandhya #

    This bread looks picture perfect and your detailed step by step recipe makes it look less intimidating for me 🙂

    September 7, 2017
  14. Now I want to get into my car, drive straight to Brooklyn, and make that bread with you! What a fantastic post. Your bread looks BEAUTIFUL!

    September 11, 2017
  15. Elaine is so talented and makes bread baking look simple! I saw this fruit water on her blog too but haven’t tried it. I’m growing my own sourdough wild yeast with fingers crossed! I’m on day 4. Your bread looks absolutely delicious and just beautiful. That crumb and crust look wonderful!

    September 14, 2017
  16. I’ve been inspired by Elaine, too. Once winter hits and I’m snug in my own house, I’m hoping to do a little baking! And I love that I don’t have to keep the starter alive, lol! It’s such a responsibilty!!

    September 17, 2017
  17. It look nice bread! Is it good!! :)…absolutely good! Thank for your recipe!!

    September 30, 2017

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