I have a bread recipe that I really like and use a lot. It calls for stirring all the ingredients, including yeast, together except for the last 2 cups of flour and letting it soak for 4 hours. Then adding the last 2 cups of flour and continuing with the recipe.
I have used this recipe many times and it makes the best bread I personally have ever made. My question is, if I started this recipe the night before and stuck the soaker in the frig over night do you think this would have any significant effect on the finished bread?
1. Would it change the performance of the dough?
2. What would it do to the yeast?