Biga is a starter, almost similar to sourdough but not quite.The bread has a flavorful, yeasty beery quality. So 10 to 12 hours before you want the bread, mix the 1 tsp. yeast in the water and let it bubble and foam. Mix in the flour gradually to make a soft almost soupy dough. Cover and it will rise and triple in volume and then fall back and re-rise during the 6 to 8 hours you let it be. Then make the bread. 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. Mix in the flour to make a firm but soft dough which leaves the sides of the bowl. Turn out to a floured surface and knead dough, adding additional flour if necessary to make a smooth dry dough. Place dough in a bowl, greased with olive oil, cover and let rise doubled about 2 hours. Punch dough down and knead it into a flat oval. cut in half and form each half into a baguette and let them rest covered with a towel for 30 minutes. then stretch them into longer baguette shapes and place them in a baguette baking tray if you have it. Let rest for 20 minutes. then slash tops and place into a preheated 450 oven for 20 minutes or done. If you dont have a baguette tray any baking sheet or baking stone will do. You also could shape the breads in one large round loaf instead of 2 baguettes. Bake the one large loaf 10 to 15 minutes longer. Note: since this bread is fat free eat the same day or freeze as it stales quickly.
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|Serving Size: 1 Loaf (1560g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Loaf|
|Calories from Fat: 220 (4%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 24.5g||33 %|
|Saturated Fat 3.6g||18 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 10.6g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 37.9mg||1 %|
|Potassium 1641.4mg||43 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 1056.9g||311 %|
|Dietary Fiber 38g||152 %|
|Sugars, other 1019g|
|Protein 175.9g||251 %|
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Calories per serving: 5259
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