Focaccia, Carol Field , Confusion
I have Carol Field's book, "Focaccia: Simple Breads from the Italian Oven" and I was thinking of using some of her recipes.
Problem: She makes a big point of saying how a starter give so much more flavor, structure etc to the dough and she proceeds to give a recipe for one. She says to measure it before using it and some of her recipes include the amount of starter to use.
Other recipes call for a simple sponge that sits for about 45 minutes.
What is the difference between using the sponge or the starter?
Can you substitute starter for the sponge? If so, how much would you use?
Sorry to be so dense, but I am not in the sourdough/starter club and don't really have a clue as to how to fiddle with the stuff.
Many thanks for any advice!