Victorian Yeast Substitute

Victorian Yeast Substitute - Homemade Bread

In the Victorian era, yeast was sometimes made at home. The last days I tried out another Victorian yeast substitute recipe. The other Victorian yeast substitute was made with fresh hops, this homemade yeast just needs flour, sugar and water. I made two different yeast starter: one with white flour, and one with whole wheat flour.

Homemade yeast starter - white and whole wheat bread recipe
White and whole wheat bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp white or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 160 ml water
  • a little salt

DIY yeast substitute recipe

Boil all ingredients for one hour; when lukewarm, bottle the homemade yeast.

Homemade Yeast Sustitute Recipe

After 24 hours add enough flour to make a bread dough. The yeast substitute with white flour has a strong smell of yeast, while the yeast substitute with whole wheat flour has no smell at all, neither good nor bad. Let the bread rise overnight before baking.

Homemade yeast substitute - white bread recipe

Both breads didn’t rise well; but both breads smelled and tasted good: mild and sweet, not at all sour like homemade sourdough. However, I wouldn’t make this Victorian yeast substitute again, I prefer homemade yeast subsitute made with honey water or homemade fruit yeast.

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