poolish

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English[edit]

Pain poolish, a pre-ferment

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From Polish.

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poolish (countable and uncountable, plural poolishes)

  1. A mixture of flour and water with a little yeast; used to make some forms of dough.
    Synonyms: pre-ferment, sponge, bread starter
    • 2003, Rose Levy Beranbaum, The Bread Bible, W. W. Norton & Company (→ISBN), page 35:
      In order to ensure a lower acidity, the ideal time to add the poolish to the dough is when it has matured. At this point it will have domed slightly and will be just beginning to deflate. A long poolish produces more interesting aromas and requires []

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poolish m (plural poolish)

  1. poolish

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