Almost all the She Wolf breads contain some portion of natural leaven (or sourdough culture). Every day, a portion of the levain is reserved and used to build the levain for the next day's breads.
Natural leavens and the long fermentation times that they require result in an almost entirely different product than breads raised with commercial yeast. The yeast and bacteria have time to essentially pre-digest the flour, making available a variety of B vitamins and minerals that are otherwise not easily available to digest. The acidity of the final bread also contributes to its keeping quality.
The best way to keep bread fresh? Don't put it in the fridge. Keep it at room temp, and leave it in a bread box or wrapped in the paper it comes in.
(Batard, Pullman, Table) This is an entirely naturally leavened bread, with no commercial yeast. It has a pliant, slightly sour crumb and a crispy crust. Ingredients: Organic white flour, water, Farmer Ground organic whole spelt flour, natural leaven, kosher salt.
Only Farmer Ground Half-white and whole wheat flours are used to make this traditional French bread. It is raised by a stiff levain rather than the liquid levain used in the other sourdough breads. The large size of the loaves contribute to their keeping quality but necessitate a long bake which results in a dark crust. Ingredients: Farmer Ground Half-White organic flour, water, Farmer Ground whole wheat flour, Farmer Ground whole rye flour, natural leaven, kosher salt.
(Pullman, Peasant Loaf) This German style rye is densely packed with whole grains and sprouted rye berries. Naturally leavened, we add a small amount of malted barley syrup to balance out the dough’s acidity giving this bread a deep, grassy sweetness and exceptional keeping quality. Ingredients: Farmer Ground organic whole dark rye flour, organic whole rye berries (sprouted), water, organic whole sunflower seeds, Farmer Ground organic Half-White flour, organic whole millet, organic whole flax seeds, organic malted barley syrup, kosher salt.
(Boule, Rolls, Pullman, Table) A toasted polenta “mash” is incorporated into this blended wheat dough, creating breads with a robust sweet-corn flavor, gentle crunch, and medium-open crumb.Ingredients: Organic white flour, Farmer Ground organic Half-White flour, water, natural leaven, Farmer Ground organic coarse corn polenta, Farmer Ground organic cornmeal, kosher salt.
Maple and oat sourdough
An off-white sour, this dough is amongst our wettest, pushing the loaves forward with an exceptional open, chewy, and acidic crumb. Toasted steal cut oats and organic maple syrup round out the flavor, creating loaves with delicate texture, mild sweetness, and a slightly tart finish. Flour (Organic white flour, Farmer Ground organic Half-White flour, Farmer Ground organic whole spelt flour), water, organic steel-cut oats, natural leaven, organic maple syrup, kosher salt.
(Baguette, Crostini, Sesame, Pullman) This bread uses both natural levain and a small amount of commercial yeast. There is as a significant percentage of Farmer Ground's "Half-White" bread flour. With this high extraction flour the bran is removed during the milling process, but the flavorful and nutritious germ of the wheat is retained. This gives the interior a slight brownish-gray color compared to a conventional baguette. Ingredients: Organic white flour, Farmer Ground Half-White organic flour, natural leaven, kosher salt, yeast.
Whole Wheat Sourdough, Multigrain, and walnut
(Pullman, Walnut Batard, Walnut Baton) This bread is a sourdough with added half-white and whole wheat flours. The skins from the walnuts dye the Walnut bread a purplish hue. Ingredients: Organic white flour, Farmer Ground Half-White organic flour, Farmer Ground whole wheat flour, (walnuts), natural leaven, kosher salt. (Multigrain also contains organic flax seed, Farmer Ground organic course polenta, organic millet, and organic steel-cut oats).
(Bianca, Ciabatta) This bread uses both natural levain and a small amount of commercial yeast. It is brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt before being stretched out, flattened, and baked directly on the hearth. Ingredients: Organic white flour, Farmer Ground organic whole spelt flour, water, natural leaven, kosher salt, extra virgin olive oil, coarse sea salt, yeast.
(Burger Bun, Hot Dog Bun, Pullman) Similar to a brioche, the burger buns use both natural levain and a small amount of commercial yeast. Ingredients: Organic white flour, eggs, butter, milk, natural leaven, kosher salt, yeast.