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Can I make focaccia dough a day in advance?

eviemichael Jan 11, 2013 05:41 AM

I'll be making this focaccia recipe for a dinner party: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

I'd love to make the dough and let it rise twice on Saturday, then Sunday morning I'd like to bake it. Do I need to let it rise again Sunday morning before baking after being overnight in the fridge?

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    wyogal Jan 11, 2013 05:48 AM

    I don't see why not, but I would not do two rises on one day, and another on the next. Punch it down, put it in the fridge, where it will do the second, "slow rise," overnight. Then on Sunday, take it out, and continue.

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      eviemichael Jan 11, 2013 05:54 AM

      It can do its second rise in the fridge? I thought it had to be in a warm place to rise.
      I've made bread several times, but I just follow instructions so I'm not well versed on how it all works.

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      treb Jan 11, 2013 05:55 AM

      I'll be fine, just take it out in enough time to get to room temp. I make it every week.

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        eviemichael Jan 11, 2013 05:56 AM

        Phew! Good to know, that makes things easier. I assume it should be covered well in plastic wrap in the fridge?

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          treb Jan 11, 2013 05:58 AM

          Yes, cover it.

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            eviemichael Jan 11, 2013 05:59 AM

            Thanks!

      2. eviemichael Jan 11, 2013 05:58 AM

        Sorry, one more question:

        the recipe I linked to in my op- if i double it, is it enough for 18 people at a buffet meal?
        I know it technically adds up to 16 portions, but I assume no one is going to be taking huge pieces along with meat, lasagna, salad, cheeses, etc...

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          treb Jan 11, 2013 06:03 AM

          For parties, I cut it into about 2 inch strips, your recipe will easily feed 18 guests.

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            eviemichael Jan 11, 2013 06:04 AM

            Great, I appreciate the help.

            Just to clarify- you mean if i double the recipe, itll feed 18, right?

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              treb Jan 11, 2013 06:06 AM

              Right, and you may have a leftover or two for your self the next day.

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                eviemichael Jan 11, 2013 06:08 AM

                Sounds good to me! I'll probably eat it in bed while recovering...

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          sparrowgrass Jan 11, 2013 06:16 AM

          It will taste even better if you let it slow rise in the fridge--that is a good way to develop flavor.

          Have fun at your party!

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