Homemade Apple Leaven (Bread Starter)

Homemade Apple Leaven (Bread Starter)

This is an apple starter or leaven. It is a very vigorous starter, so you can make delicious bread with it. Please try it to make bread.


As much as will fit in the jar
Sugar or honey
1 tablespoon
Boiled then cooled water
Enough to cover the apples
A jar with a lid
[Starter extenders]
Starter liquid
10 g
Boiled then cooled water
200 g
30 g
1/4 (about 100 g)


1. Sterilize the jar in boiling water. Fill it with finely chopped up apple (including the core). Add enough boiled then cooled water to cover the apples, and sugar or honey. Add some starter liquid if you have some, and leave the jar in a warm place.
2. Open up the jar to incorporate some air once a day until the starter is developed. When it is foamy and smells alcoholic it's done! It was so vigorous that it came shooting out of the jar when I opened the lid. It was done in 2 days.
3. Strain the liquid and press out the apple bits hard with a spoon. Return the liquid to the jar, and store in the refrigerator. When you have used up half of it, add boiled then cooled water plus sugar or honey.
4. When the starter liquid is down to 1/3 of its original amount, use that as the "mother" to make another batch of starter. You can keep it going like this for years.
5. Put sugar and boiled then cooled (30°C) water in a clean jar and dissolve the sugar. Add apple and mother starter to that and leave in a 25 to 30°C location. Mix it up once or twice a day. The starter will be done in about 2 days. Strain, and store in the refrigerator.

Story Behind this Recipe

I've been making this for a while.