"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

This Weeks Bread.........

Mixed up a biga (1 1/2 cups of flour 1/2 teaspoon yeast and one cup of water)  on Monday night. Left it covered on the counter to do its thing. 
Nice and bubbly in the morning.  
Started a batch of bread around 11AM.  
Added 8 cups of flour to the Magic Mill, added the biga, along with two teaspoons of yeast and enough water to make a wet dough.
Left it to sit for 30 minutes before adding the salt and turning on the machine.  
Finished off with a little hand kneading and into a six litre pail with cover and left to rise.  
Dough doubled in about 90 minutes.

Poured out on to a floured board and knocked down, shaped into a ball and back into the pail for a second rise.

When it had doubled again, I divided the dough in half.  
  Shaped two loaves from one half and the other half is back in the fridge 
will probably get used on Friday night for either a pizza
two more loaves of bread.

If you follow my blog than you probably already know that I am a big fan of breads and pizza crust 
made from dough that has been given a long cold fermentation.  
This really does develop both texture and flavour.


Moe actually waited until it cooled before having a couple of slices.

Great crust and crumb even if I do say so myself.


  1. After having pizza made from dough that had been sitting for three or four days in the fridge, I will never go back to making pizza dough the same day I'm going to eat it. Both the flavor and texture are amazing, and the hubby always comments on how good the crust is when it's been sitting for a while. This bread looks perfect, a crispy brown crust and a soft, tender inside. Give me some butter and I'd be so happy!

  2. You can say so yourself..we all surely agree you bake the best bread in the blog world:)

  3. I have been searching and trying different recipes looking for a recipe that will give me that crusty on the outside but fluffy on the inside bread, your recipe seems to fit that requirement. You mention that you mix the dough in a Magic Mill. I don't own one of these but I do own a Kitchen Aid. My question is approx how long would you work the dough in these machines.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.
    Heather :)

  4. Ann, it looks fabulous! I will try it this week!!! At least I can eat bread!


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