An update on my fruit yeast water bread…

Further to my previous post about generating wild yeast from fruit and water, I have continued to make more loaves and experiment with different fruits and would like to share some more ideas and tips…

This loaf was made with yeast water derived from an apple

I have now made yeast water from apples, dates, dried figs and a fresh fig. They have all worked well, but so far my favourites are the dates and apples. 

This bubbly water was generated from dates 

I have observed a few things that I feel may be of use in case you are trying this method, or would like to experiment yourself. I have continued to follow the method for making the yeast waters, and for then making the bread from my previous post and they have continued to be a success…

Bread made with yeast water cultivated from a fig

I can now tell you that different fruits result in different shaped loaves; I’ve had rounded loaves from apples and peaked loaves from figs – just like the shape of the fruits! And the apple water generates the most wonderful aroma in the final loaf.

The second time that I made fruit yeast water from an apple, it didn’t generate any bubbles, but when I opened the jar it gave an audible puff of air several days in a row, and it smelt strongly, so I chanced it and it worked well – so maybe bubbles aren’t always necessary. (I know that one person who made apple yeast water tried drinking it and likened it to cider!) 

When I made date yeast water, I used up nearly all of it for a couple of loaves, then I topped the jar up with a bit more water and it generated more yeast water from the same dates. I do think that each fruit can generate enough water for several loaves – I’ve ended up with water for 2 or 3 loaves at a time so I’ve made them and frozen the loaves that I didn’t immediately need and they feeeze and defrost well. 

Following my posts on here and Instagram, I know that several people around the world have been experimenting with fruit yeast water with varying results. I do think that different fruits in different countries generate different results, and flour from different countries DEFINITELY behaves differently. Only you will know from your own experience whether the flour in your part of the world requires more or less water than mine. 

​​Making the starter with the yeast water and flour works best when made with strong bread flour. Other flours will generate a starter but it will not be as strong and could then result in less rise in the bake. A bubbly gluten free starter can be made with buckwheat flour and fruit yeast water but I’ve only seen it in use in a cake so far. 

Likewise with ovens, and this goes for any baking and cooking, all ovens behave differently, even ovens that are the same make and model! Therefore, you may need to amend my temperatures and timings based on knowledge of your own oven.

I hope these tips are helpful and that you have fun if you do try the fruit yeast water…check out Suzanne’s experience so far…

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42 thoughts on “An update on my fruit yeast water bread…

  1. Sophie

    All of your fruit yeasted breads look wonderful. I knew they existed but nave had seen positive results before! Good for you & I also love the shaped beautiful patterns on top! You rock! 🙂

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  2. sallybr

    Pretty fascinating route you are taking with your bread baking, which has always been amazing, but now you managed to take it to an even higher level… I hope to be able to join you in the near future, and learn from your experience

    life has been just a tad too busy lately (sigh)

    yeap, typing sitting at the airport…. no rest for the wicked!

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  3. Anita Kushwaha

    What an amazing idea, I’d never heard of it, but I can almost taste it! Your loaves look gorgeous, and the patterns on the tops make them so appealing. Okay, now I’m going to have to read your previous post about how to generate the yeast. 🙂 xo

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  4. olivesandfeta

    Have not heard of fruit yeast bread! I’m so glad I came across this. My curiosity was piked and your blog post on how to make the fruit water is beautifully well written with detail as needed for something like this… Thank you for increasing my knowledge

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