Biga

Recipe by Chef Kate
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READY IN: 15mins
YIELD: 4 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Sprinkle yeast onto the 1/4 cup warm water and let stand approximately 10 minutes until creamy.
  • Add rest of water, stir.
  • Add flour, one cup at a time and stir.
  • Mix with wooden spoon for approximately.
  • 4 minutes.
  • Oil a bowl three times as large as the mixture's volume and scrape dough into that bowl.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 8-24 hours in a cool room or until triple in volume.
  • The longer it sits, the more character it develops.
  • If you let it go too long, it will take on sour overtones similar to sourdough starter as a result of the acidic by-products of yeast metabolism.
  • If the room is cool enough--60-65 deg.
  • F, 24 hours will yield a nice, mellow-flavored biga.
  • You only need your first biga to get started.
  • Then it is simply a matter of making bread at least once a week or so if you have refrigeration to keep the biga alive.
  • If you don't have refrigeration, you would want to make bread every day and save a portion of the new dough you make each day as a starter for tomorrow's bread.
  • Just take that portion BEFORE you add salt to the new bread dough.
  • In this case, you would keep tomorrow's starter at room temperature.
  • Use as you would a sourdough starter.
  • For a rough guide, use approximately one cup of biga for a bread recipe calling for 7-8 cups of flour.
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