Pâte fermentée is a fermented starter used in bread making. It may be a yeast or sourdough bases starter. It is maintained with the addition of dough from previous batches, as well as further flour and water. See: Sourdough.

Health considerations

The pre-ferment is used primarily to improve flavor but can also improve digestibility of some of the protein content. See: Sourdough.

Keep in mind

Pâte fermentée is unique as a pre-fermented starter in that it may contain salt, from the old dough used to maintain its existence.

May be found in

Breads, buns, particularly French breads, rolls


See: Sourdough.

Alternative Spellings and Names

Old dough

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