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    Basic Bread Sponge from Amy

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    8 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    8 hrs

    StevenHB's Note:

    This is the starter sponge for a number of awesome breads that I make. They take 2-3 days from beginning to end, but are totally worth it.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    sponge

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Whisk the yeast into the water. Allow to sit for about three minutes. Add the flour, mixing for another three minutes. Place in a nonreactive bowl and cover. Allow to sit in a draft-free spot until it rises and gets thick and sticky. This will take about eight hours.
    2. 2
      Use a spoon to stir the sponge down before measuring for use in a bread.
    3. 3
      Once risen, refrigerate for up to three days. Allow to come to room temperature before using. If it goes beyond three days, discard all but 1 cup of the sponge and make the recipe, adding the reserved sponge with the flour. Stir for two or three minutes before using.
    4. 4
      For all of the breads based upon this sponge, allow two days since the doughs require overnight refrigeration.
    5. 5
      For the best results, use as little of the kneading flour as possible.
    6. 6
      To allow yourself to slide the loaves into the oven, form them on a baking sheet without sides or on the bottom of one with sides that is turned upside-down.
    7. 7
      If you do not have a stone or tiles, bake directly on the baking sheet(s) upon which you formed the loaves (be sure to use either cornmeal or parchment between the dough and the sheet).
    8. 8
      All of the breads based upon the sponge can be frozen for up to two weeks. Don't freeze until the bread has cooled thoroughly - then wrap in foil and freeze. When ready to use, thaw them, still wrapped, at room temperature overnight. Then, unwrap and warm at 350 degrees for 5 or 10 minutes. Alternatively, you could warm the frozen and wrapped loaves at 300 for 35 to 40 minutes.

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    Nutritional Facts for Basic Bread Sponge from Amy

    Serving Size: 1 (857 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1823.2
     
    Calories from Fat 44
    45%
    Total Fat 4.9 g
    7%
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    3%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 21.1 mg
    0%
    Total Carbohydrate 381.9 g
    127%
    Dietary Fiber 13.7 g
    55%
    Sugars 1.3 g
    5%
    Protein 52.0 g
    104%

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