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Definition of Sponge

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A Yeast Sponge

A sponge ready to be added to a recipe's remaining ingredients.

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Definition: Culinary term for a mixture made by combining yeast with some of the flour and liquid used in a raised-dough recipe. When the mixture becomes thick and foamy, it's ready to be incorporated into the rest of the ingredients. A sponge is used when a tangy flavor is desired in the finished product.
Pronunciation: SPUNHJ
Examples:
I use a sponge in my kolacz recipe.
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