Lievito Madre: This is how you make the Italian mother yeast yourself

Have you ever heard of Lievito Madre? Here you can find out what makes this sourdough variant special, how you can make it yourself and what delicious things you can bake with it.

Lievito Madre means mother yeast in German. This is the Italian variant of the one known in Germany sourdough. You can make it yourself relatively easily and use it to bake various foods such as bread, rolls or pizza. Similar to Yeast or baking powder, Lievito Madre ensures that the baked goods are airy and fluffy. It has a much milder taste than German sourdough, so you can even use Lievito Madre for sweet pastries.

The next section shows you a sample recipe for growing your own Lievito Madre. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right on the first try. It takes time and experience to learn how the dough reacts and how best to handle it.

The sample recipe is designed so that you don’t have to throw anything away. Many recipes work with relatively large amounts of ingredients and require frequent disposal of correspondingly large leftover dough, but this is one wastage of foodwhich you can easily avoid. You don’t need 100 grams or more of flour for the first batch, you can also do it with less. However, dough scraps always appear in the process. It is best to collect it in a separate container in the fridge and use it later when baking.

There are many different ways to schedule a Lievito Madre. Using dried Lievito Madre as a base, you can make a baking dish in just one day. Without it, the whole process takes up to 25 days at room temperature. But you can easily speed it up by placing the dough in a place that is around 28 to 30 degrees Celsius. In winter, for example, it can be with the heating, or you take a cooler and put the dough in it with a bottle of hot water, which you change regularly. In just five days at most, follow the steps below to create your own Lievito Madre.

How to make the Lievito Madre approach

Approaching Lievito Madre

  • Preparation: about 30 minutes
  • Break time: approximately 7200 minutes
  • Crowd: 1 portion(s)