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- n. A Roman racing chariot drawn by two horses abreast.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A two-horse chariot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, a chariot or car drawn by two horses abreast.
A biga is a preferment, a mixture of flour, liquid, and yeast that is allowed extra time to ferment slowly -- long and slow being key elements in the making of good bread -- to build flavor that it will then pass on to the bread when it is mixed into the dough.
THS was over, I made my first biga, which is the Italian version of a homemade starter that precisely resembles in ingredients and form an actual bread dough and is treated similarly.
This recipe started with a biga which is much easier than a sourdough starter.
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.
These are not the orange trees that give us vitamin C, but rather bitter orange trees or citrus aurantium biga radia —"one of the quintessential 'giving trees' of the perfume world," says David Seth Moltz, the nose behind D.S.
My biga and soaker sat in my fridge for 3 days -- you don't need to wait 3 days, 12 hours is the minimum, but I figured that the longer it sat, the tastier it would be, and I knew I wanted to serve the bread with a lamb stew I would be making (and will be sharing with you).
Bring the biga and soaker to room temperature (2 hours).
Pinch the biga and soaker into 12 segments -- as I threw them into the bowl I sprinkled with the 7 tablespoons of flour to keep them from re-adhering.
The biga will rise -- but don't worry if it has not risen much.
Mix all of the biga ingredients together in a bowl -- I used my mixer.
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