italian country bread with biga recipe

Put the biga dough into a small glass bowl and seal the top with cling film. Begin adding only 2/3 parts of the water and mix in slow speed. If using an active starter, what hydration level is the starter? Maybe I missed it but I kind find such a comment. I will add a 3rd- stronger flour for a biga as the gluten strength degrades during the 14-16 hr rest. Why is it important? I don't recall ever seeing a biga or any other bread with so low a hydration, and I can't imagine how it is possible to incorporate the water and have the biga dough saturated. Italian biga is made up of yeast, water and flour and is similar to other … posted by Ilya on the ciabatta Community Bake a short while ago. However, not willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater and I'll likely return here again, because the entire experience was a worthy endeavor and something new and quite different. Try this Italian Country Bread with Biga recipe, or contribute your own. But it's important not overmixing. Oh. Hydration in Biga is between 45% and 49%. I also had a lot of confusion until I attended to some courses with maestro Ezio Marinato and many other chefs in italian bakeries. But then again, your breads baked up nicely, so the fermentation had to be sufficient. Usually in italian bakeries they use strong flour for biga. I can't recall more than that. To make the bread, mix together 405g of the biga, 400g of tepid water, 12.5g of salt, 10g of instant yeast, and 500g of strong, white flour. Hi! At 16C I would expect one generation time to be about 4hrs. dough turned out and bulk fermented. That's all. If you are working with great quantity of dough (3-4 kilo or so) maybe you mix 2-3 minutes. next time I think I’ll add water in to biga leave to hydrate Then knead as biga needs to soften up - make life easier - you’ll find it ferments quickly- lovely spring off it. Using the peel. Here are a few notes that may assist others that attempt the 45% biga bread: Many thanks Abel, for another great recipe! What makes Biga so interesting is the long maturation in a very dry ambient, the gluten is not developed yet, so developes a very special acidity. links. I am always three or four years behind where the bread world is at.... Can someone tell me, please, how this bread tastes and what the texture is like when made with instant yeast?? Is the 90g SD version as tried and tested as the commercial yeast (3g) version? The standard refresh ratio is 1:1.1:2 is used if it too strong or soured. 45% with it may well feel like 60% with a regular flour. Enjoy! Should I compensate so the biga crumble maintains some dry flour as seen in your picture. I knew that the timing wouldn't work for me so I cleared out a few bottles from my wine cooler and put it in there at something like 56-60 degrees. I've been paralleling you and Abe on this. Maybe that was a mistake. I have measured, plus I have documentation that infers this. OK, he's making pizza, but the biga is just the same. 200g dough rises to fill 600 cm3 of space. Things are a little calmer now, but bread is made less often so I want to make the loaves I really enjoy. Smells amazing. Ad Partners: SheKnows Media - Lifestyle - See Full Partners List>. 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast. So 10 to 12 hours before you want the bread, mix the 1 tsp. I have followed Abel's recipe to produce what I think is one of my best looking bakes for some time. Thank you for the great explanation! It went past the crumble-stage in places, and I can see a little gluten development in some patches. If so, no need to add it. The crust is strange almost plasticky and I'm not sure it's worth all the extra effort. Increase speed to medium and mix for about 7 more minutes, or until the dough is smooth. That's why it's important to disolve the yeast in water, and then add flour. Custom folders. Stir the yeast into the hot water and let stand till creamy looking, about 10 min. Any other ideas? The overnight temperature was spot on, 15 degrees Celsius. biga lesson, UK flour for biga: 800g Duchy organic bread flour + 100g Walk Mill stoneground white BF, yeast for biga reduced to 0.2% IDY, as I was planning a long biga fermentation of about 28hrs. The regular standard for sponge is 20% to 40%. And here's the not-so-secret secret for the final mix -. The lumps are a nightmare but you’re on easy street now - there must be easier way that’s why in retrospect I thought hydrating biga with water for a while would help minimise lumps - I put my dough into steamed microwave for little over an hour with a stretch and fold - then preshape Rest shape and proof just over an hour and then delicious bread....surprised at vigorous fermentation - it’s such a yum bread! I think it's very difficult to get the biga at the right consistency - not enough mixing and you end up with dry crusty lumps and free flour, too much and you start to get a cohesive mass rather than shreds. Hi, this web browser has Javascript disabled. 14-16 hours at 14-16 degrees C. In most of the itaian bakeries there's a cellar with this temperature (aprox). If you cannot be sure that you will be able to keep this temperature, specially in summer or spring, you can use some salt to control the fermentation during the biga process. Bake the one large loaf 10 to 15 minutes longer. Always consult a licensed nutritionist or doctor if you have a nutrition-related medical condition. of all the commercial-yeasted doughs. They may not be addressing your issue so directly, but may point you in the right direction. How does that work? But I had a REALLY hard time incorporating the flour and water on Day 2 into that very stiff biga, and was left with lumps in my dough. However, here is another SD biga recipe you can peruse, from Italian maestro Ezio Marinato. Therefore, I became accustomed to being able to pick up a fresh loaf of delicious Italian bread in minutes. It also provide four ways to prepare biga. I am prepping my starter to make this but they have been a bit neglected lately so it will take a while. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IzCbv97Tn8. Would so appreciate that. Disolve the yeast in water. I may have to operate by faith. Googling I found your 90% biga recipe and gave it a try. 1/2 cup durum flour, (durum flour is finely milled and marketed as “extra-fancy” pasta flour or “farina grade). Ingredients. The mixer turned it into a super sticky gloop but the slap and folds helped. I would imagine the 10 degree rise in temperature could make quite a bit of difference in the fermentation. All original site content copyright 2020 The Fresh Loaf unless stated otherwise. Mine came out of the oven 10 minutes ago. Too long ago to remember - checking rule #1 - don't grow old! Place the baked Italian Peasant Bread onto a cooling rack and cool completely to room temperature before cutting. There is nothing wrong with the flavor, but for a long long retard of the majority of the dough, I was anticipating a better payback. And when you say "bread flour", do you mean what the U.S. refers to as bread flour? Mix 1 minute at slow speed, just until you get wet flour threads. So if you want to use a 125% levain and get it to 100%, here is what you can do: use 40g of the 125% and add 7.2g flour, 2.8g water - that will get you to ~50g of 100% hydration, without doing another build. You also could shape the breads in one large round loaf instead of 2 baguettes. I like the idea of this bread and I'm giving up on it. The Fresh Loaf is not responsible for community member content. It took that long before it made a ball and released from the bowl sides. Wow what a loaf! It's also important the temperature. bread dough on top of a lightly floured pizza peel or cardboard and gently slide it on top of the hot pizza stone I've gotten better flavour in other sourdough I've done. Note: since this bread is fat free eat the same day or freeze as it stales quickly. As a result, several features will be disabled. But this was a pretty successful endeavor. The old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" applies here. Mix 1-2 minutes, cover and let rest 14-18 hours in a place between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius. Combine biga, bread flour, water, and milk in the bowl of a stand mixer. This bread is going to pair great with any sauced food like pasta, braises, stews, or even soups. I then left it for about 40 hours at 15 because of other plans. Add flour. I let it rest, tried to shape, etc etc.. but I'll take a shot at it. In both cases the loaves had remained very soft and floppy, and I had trouble inverting the bannetons and placing the loaves in their respective vessels. Did you increase the time because you thought the biga could use more fermentation? Add malt or honey and start adding water ¼ cup at a time. First arrive to 60% hydration and then add the rest of water little by little. This was made with the orange one. If we compare with poolish, poolish is 100% hydration so the maximum quantity of poolish we can use in a standard bread is 60% to 70%. This type of Biga is standardised and used by many Italian bakers. Let the … Place a pan of water on the bottom of the oven. This helps the water absortion. If using a biga is the difference between good bread and great bread I am a total convert and will make sure I’ve always got some handy! For some odd reason the dough in one banneton seemed to rise a bit better than the other and that bread ended up in the dutch oven and gave a decent rise. I would bring the bowl water to 18C as well. 2: have a little break, learn more about it, and come back to it. Perhaps I'll try again in a few weeks. http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/54556/90-biga-loaf-italian-method#comment-394905, http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/54604/abels-90-biga-baguettes-course. Weather is perfect for biga bread :)  I ended up pinching while kneading - I find dan Lepard method of 3 x 10 second kneads over 30 minutes a great way of doing it. I just cant wait to make this biga & bread! If there was a bread I am most proud of discovering, the pane casereccio would be it. Thank you Abel. Mix 10 minutes in slow speed. You need to use a strong flour (12.5 to 14 proteine). Assisted by an occasional squeeze of the hand. This means when you mix the dough, 90% of the flour is already prefermented. Using the dough hook, mix on low speed until blended. Then I divided the dough and placed it in bannetons. I had a teacher that once told me there are two flavours and aromas which are unmistakable: sourdough and biga. You just have to create some wet flour threads. Can someone help me with this? See my comment with links directly above yours, Dec. 11. I think I mixed a bit too much. if not I will get some. Its stands to reason a 'dry' biga and long ambient temperature fermentation could produce a very unusual flavor. When you make biga bread, one of the common items is how do I incorporate the remaining water in the biga. Italian bread dough is typically wetter than other doughs because it uses more liquid (water or milk) and fat (butter or olive oil). Add the biga pieces, mashed potatoes, and 12 to 13 1/2 oz. sounds great - I must say I love the intensity of the aroma off a biga especially when you add a little wholegrain to it..however it’s the incredible bewitching craft of making totally different breads out of the four same ingredients that gets me everytime. Sometimes even a tiny bit of salt goes in there. Anyway the Biga grew I would guess about 10% by volume. I am questioning the ability of a 45% hydrated biga that is fermented for 14-16 hr @ 57-60F. What I learned from him was in several courses I have made with him. (Semolina flour is a much coarser grind and will not work for … Michael, first point of interest. We are using a biga preferment which adds flavour and structure to the dough. It uses a lot of semola, but the principle is the same and may give you some ideas. The secret is in the biga, which you start the day before. Dissolve. Is there any reason why you cant decide to have bread made with say 20 -30% this biga? Calories per serving: My 'rest' day has been very tiring. Leave the biga to ferment, at a … i make my ciabatta with a 50% biga with a litle wholemeal and rye in it and its absolutely delicious - well worth the long ferment - think i might try this though looks wonderful and can already smell it. For me the resulting high hydration dough was hard to handle and I suspect that I should have proofed the bread longer. Nothing else. If you dont have a baguette tray any baking sheet or baking stone will do. Another thing that makes the Biga so special is the dosis. Although effectively in real terms that is more than 3 times since the madre is about 1.2 g/ml in density. Biga is a starter, almost similar to sourdough but not quite.The bread has a flavorful, yeasty beery quality. I keep my standard levain at 70% but since I also didn't know, I built it up to 100%, and it seemed to work fine. That's not exactly what I learned from maestro Ezio Marinato, but I understand every chef has its own method. I made this CIabatta bread, with 80% biga. Again, if it isn't in the notes I posted, I cannot recall it at all. You can use this biga method for all kind of hydrations, from regular bread (65% hydration) to italian ciabatta (90% hydration). 900g strong flour and 90g SD (100% hydration). dough was a bit sticky to handle, difficult to score and spread a bit, but had fantastic oven spring. I originally found this recipe on … Therefore a longer retard. When the biga has been kneaded for at least 10 minutes, you should have a smooth, silky and elastic biga dough. Poolish is a fairly wet sponge (typically made with a one-part-flour-to-one-part-water ratio by weight), while biga is usually drier. You can use a weeker flour not in the biga, but in the rest of the formula. I over handled it just before baking and knocked some of the gases out of it, i was gutted as it would have been spot on otherwise. Just create some threads of wet flour. That's what fascinates me too about bread baking. As I was incorporating it all I thought it was all going south. Biga is essentially a portion of the dough that will be used in the main bread recipe that you are using; it is just aged a little bit first. You are right, it's just a technique I need to learn. Let stand until yeast has … They also have a different fermentation protocol. I did use the kitchen aid mixer, until the dough go too thick. What difference does it make? yeast in the water and let it bubble and foam. In traditional bread bakeries in rural Italy, bread for a new day is started with a bit of unsalted starter taken from yesterday's bread making. Final dough: All the biga + 10 grams flour + the rest of water we want + 20 gr salt. How do you find the character to be different when you use commercial yeast vs sourdough. Ha, I noticed that straight after and corrected yet you are still too fast.. How did you calculate the starter density? If you visit Venice, you should take a Uber and meet him in Cinto Caomaggiore, 20 minutes from the city. Michael, I had some success with your method - thank you! I calculate the percentage of pre-ferment at ~4.7%. Content posted by community members is their own. Once the biga has risen air bubbles on the surface, add both flours, biga, yeast, 1st water and salt to a mixing bowl and mix slowly until long gluten strands are visible, typically 8-12 minutes. Did you actually measure it. something similar when things go wrong with a shaped proof in the fridge. Final dough: all the biga + 200 gr AP flour + 10 gr malt powder + 240 ml warm water (30-35C). Despite its savory flavor, many Italian bread recipes do use sugar. According to your formula(s), no additional levain or CY was added in the final dough mix. Simple. - all have great flavour, the smell of the preferments alone make you aware that time, temperature and patience are the key ingredients to a delicious bread....i also use a mix of wholegrains in my preferements which gives deeper flavour and a kind of back note to all the bread.....as for a 90% prefermnt - i have to try that - i usually use 50% max. Can I just use some sweetner in its place? The consistency and the appearance of Biga, once is mixed, should be this. This recipe for Rustic Italian Bread is pure and simple. Time will tell. There's a lot of misunderstanding with Biga. This biga should be seeded with a lievito madre that has seen one or two refreshes after standard storage. However I have always fermented biga at room temperature or in the fridge. The starter is known as biga, pronounced bee-ga. No new dry, cake or wild yeast is added, just a cup or so of yesterday's biga. But I am having a difficult time coming to grips with the SD version of the biga fermentation times considering the the perscentage of pre-fermented flour considering the temperature and time. In the morning begin the refreshes as described above i.e. Turn out to a floured surface and knead dough, adding additional flour if necessary to make a smooth dry dough. But I think I'll leave it for a day or two and have some then. Unusual simply because I have not experienced it ever. After an hour's rest I baked the loaves one in a dutch oven, the other in a cloche. You wrote, “biga retarded for 22 hours, doming slightly but nothing more was noted”. How did you score your lovely boule to achieve the open circles? I didn't see Abel mention it - but this type of biga is written with Lievito Madre (LM) in mind. Biga mixed in my spiral mixer (modified Grilletta IM5) on slow speed until no dry flour left, 300ml very warm water in mixer + 100g Walk Mill stoneground wholemeal through fine kitchen sieve. I did do the final mix in the mixer with the paddle. Refer to Abel's picture toward the top of this thread for what the dough should look like when you stop mixing. Probably why I didn't have success! Nothing standardized about it. I'm in two minds... 1: dive straight back into it and learn how to get the best from this process. When the slurry became too difficult and the dough started creeping up the paddle, I added  more water, a little at a time. It looks like shaggy shreds. This is because you require a big quantity of proteines to survive after a 14-16 period of fermentation. North American flours are stronger than those in many other parts of the world. Bread Dough Ingredients: 1/2 cup bread flour or unbleached all purpose flour. Stir the salt right into the biga mixture, mix in the additional water ( cold or cool not warm ) until it is a thin soupy quality. Learn something new everyday. Adding VWG, IMO, is a mistake. Remove ads. See here:http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/54731/lab-calculator. Don't know if what I did for the biga was too much or not but I'm also doing everything by hand. From your description and success. So if you are making a recipe from another source that calls for biga, make sure you check to see exactly what kind of biga it requires. I didn't enjoy the biga process and wasn't impressed with a lumpy dough. I'm not sure I'd do this again. Place the warm water in a small bowl, and sprinkle the yeast over the top. This Italian Biga method is new to me so hopefully I'm doing it correctly. Must say it was a tad difficult to not over knead when making it. Figuring that I already committed so much whole wheat I thought why not and added more - 1/2 of the 100g today. I'll post a blog entry later today on the trials and travails, and lessons learned! Biga, after 14-16 hours of fermentation, reamins the same volume, it doesn't grow. No arguments.). If it is 900g of flour and 405g water for the IDY version, that works out to a 45% hydration biga. But once you get to the toast phase of the bread, it will be delightful! I substituted 25% of the flour with whole wheat which was a mistake - it took up too much water. You didn't have to add more yeast in the final dough? View line-by-line Nutrition Insights™: Discover which ingredients contribute the calories/sodium/etc. It didn't grow much but sure smelled sour given all that time. Well, I tried this one but I did not end up baking it. ( LM ) in mind it sit for most of the lumps so I must make do what. A strong italian country bread with biga recipe and salt together, then add flour Partners: SheKnows Media - Lifestyle - see Full list!, also a lot of aroma and character picture of the oven Ezio,. 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