The sourdough starter Mountain Pie Co. uses in their sourdough pie crust came from Shawn Saunders, owner of the Sourdough Boulangerie, bread supplier to Ranch Foods Direct and many great shops and restaurants around town. Shawn incorporates living sourdough into many of his breads, along with heritage grains like einkorn and emmer, and then ties it all together by using traditional artisan baking methods.
The starter contains natural (not commercial) yeasts that in turn create the enzymes needed to pre-digest the grain’s starches and proteins. Fermentation breaks down the gluten, while the bacteria present in the sourdough eats the starches and sugars, lowering the carbohydrate content which helps keep blood sugar levels regulated. The process also increases the vitamin and mineral content and inhibits mold growth.