Pane Teresa bread is so good! I love this bread. It is so unique… it is made differently than other breads. When you are done, you have a flat piece of dough…which transforms into a light fluffy loaf full of holes. It starts like this:
The motherdough that is used is very active and full of bubbles, if it isn’t, you won’t make good bread.
Then you mix up the dough and let it set overnight, this is after mixing and before Autolyse:
This is after Autolyse and final mixing:
The dough is refrigerated overnight and taken out the next day to warm up. It is then divided. I divided it into three pieces which weighed almost 2 lbs each.
The dough is very wettish and hard to work with. Here is a closeup of the dough resting in preparation for shaping:
The dough is then shaped and placed into Bannetons:
They then proof for two hours. I put one of the loaves onto the cool porch to slow it down so all of the loaves wouldn’t be ready to bake at the same time. I also preheated the oven for a long time. The house was cold anyway, so I gave it a good two hours. I had layered two baking stones together for a lot of heat when the dough was placed on the stone.
Here is the first loaf, it didn’t reach the full potential that the next loaf did:
The next loaf was larger although the same weight:
Here are the two together:
Here is the third loaf, it turned out magnificent:
This is the crumb from the second loaf:
Here are all of the loaves together:
The fragrance of this bread is heavenly! The crumb is soft and moist, the crust crisp and crackly. This is a really terrific loaf to bake up and always a surprise when it springs up in the oven and is so full of holes!