Rating: 5 stars
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A biga, or 'starter', adds flavor and extra leavening power to bread dough.

Recipe Summary

additional:
1 day
total:
1 day 20 mins
prep:
20 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 cups
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the warm water in a small bowl, and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Let stand until yeast has dissolved and is foamy, about 15 minutes.

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  • Measure flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the center, and pour in the yeast mixture and cold water. Use a sturdy spoon to mix it together until sticky and difficult to stir, but nevertheless thoroughly combined. Cover and allow to ferment for 24 hours in the refrigerator before using.

  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. To use, rinse a measuring cup in cool water, scoop out the amount of starter needed, and bring to room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

348 calories; protein 11.7g; carbohydrates 69.8g; fat 1.6g; sodium 4.7mg. Full Nutrition
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