Extra Crusty Buns (Birote Style)

For those of you who enjoyed the post from Irene Arita this week about the staple bread in Guadalajara, Mexico. Here is the recipe to make this wonderful tasting bread with a step by step guide..head over to bookmark.. I have..

My Slice of Mexico

In my previous post, I talked about my encounter with these buns called birotes, in Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, so this post is all about making a batch at home in Canada, far away from their place of origin.  As I mentioned, the “secret” of this bread is to prepare a batch of starter with yeast in it, and letting it ferment for a few hours.  This pre-fermented yeast mixture is called a poolish (from the French pouliche), used in French baked goods, such as baguettes, to obtain a richer flavour and a nice rising of the final dough.  The poolish or “mother dough”, called “pata” in Mexico (which literally translates to “leg” or “paw”) is then mixed into a batch of dough, which also contains some yeast.  Sprinkling with water before or during baking encourages the formation of a crispy exterior (some professional ovens have…

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