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Pane Francese con Biga
Sponge-Method Italian-style French Bread

1 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/8 cups warm water
2 cups unbleached white all-purpose or bread flour

1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose or bread flour
1 1/2 tsps salt
1/4 cup very cold water

Proof the yeast in 1/8 cup of warm water and a bit of the flour
until the mixture is creamy. Add this to the rest of the warm water
in a large bowl and start adding the flour, a handful at a time,
while mixing with a plastic dough scraper or wooden spoon. When
the ingredients have been thoroughly combined, the sponge will be
very soupy. It can be left in the same bowl in which it was mixed,
as long as it is large enough to accommodate the risen sponge,
which will triple in bulk.

Let the sponge rise, covered in a warm spot for 8 to 10 hours.

To make the dough, place the biga and the salt into a food processor
which has been fitted with the plastic blade. Pulse to combine
them. Add the 1/4 cup of cold water and process about 30 seconds.
Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups of flour, 1/4 cup at a time, pulsing
3 or 4 times with each addition. The dough will come away from the
bowl but will be quite sticky. Scrape down the sides and pulse 2
or 3 more times.

Dust the dough with a small handful of extra flour and scrape out
onto a floured work surface. The extra flour will make it possible
to handle the wet dough. Knead the dough for a minute or so to
work out any lumps and form into a tight ball. Do not be afraid to
use up to 1/2 cup of additional flour.

Cover the dough with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in
a warm place until doubled in size.

When doubled, turn out on a floured surface and divide in half.
Form into 2 8-inch baguettes or batards. For baguettes, cover and
let rest covered for 30 minutes. Carefully pick up each baguette
and stretch until it is 12 to 14 inches long and fits neatly into
a greased baguette pan (may be baked on a greased or parchment
paper lined cookie sheet).

Preheat oven to 450 F. Slash tops before putting into oven. After
putting loaves in the oven, immediately reduce the heat to 425 F.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

If the loaves are not stretched , they will resemble what folks
from the northeast think of as Italian bread.

Makes 2 11-oz loaves or 1 1 1/4-oz loaf.


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