How To Make Poolish For Bread Baking

How To Make Poolish For Bread Baking to make your bread with better texture and flavor that you and your family will love.

Taking the time to prepare poolish to make your bread is worth it, and will help you to make a full flavor and texture the same as getting your bread from the best artisant bakery in your area.

How To Make Poolish For Bread Baking

What Poolish Is For Bread Baking?

When you love to make your own bread at home, most of the artisant bread recipes will ask for a starter, by this means, you will need to prepare a small amount of wet dough with flour, sugar, water and dry active yeast.

Mixing well these four ingredients and let it work for some time that can go from 10 or 15 minutes, to one to 3 hours.

When you allow this mixture to ferment, yeast will start working and it will develop some flavor and texture, after it has been fermenting for some time, the poolish will be ready to be added to the rest of the ingredients of a bread recipe.

Why To Make Poolish When Baking Bread?

The main purpose to make poolish for a bread recipe, is to help the dough to develop the full taste and texture to a bread recipe, which will be rich and it will also help you to make a better quality bread.

Making poolish for any bread recipe, will require more work and more time, but if you’re interested to make your own bread at home with the same quality of any artisant bakery or even better, the time and work you put to prepare the poolish is well worth it.

When To Prepare The Poolish For a Bread Recipe?

Most bread recipes will tell you if you need to prepare some poolish and any good recipe will let you know at the beginning what ingredients to use, how to prepare it and for how much time to let it ferment.

As a rule, after being making my own bread for a few years, and after attended to some bread making courses, I must say I learned to prepare the poolish for most of the bread recipes almost about the same, and this will help you to make things easier for you, the more you make your own bread, you will find what works for you and you will develop your own way to prepare your own poolish.

I’m currently living in Canada, in a place which is only 60 meters from sew level, before I used to live in the highest city in Mexico, 2,667 m above sea level (8,790 feet), with this you can see how I needed to find the way to prepare the poolish for my bread baking from one altitude to a different one.

When I arrived to Canada, I started making bread and the results were not as good as I was used to, so it will depend on were you live, what altitude and what whether you have.

My best tip for you will be to keep baking and try more than once the same recipe, until you get the best results, today my baking is good enough here in Canada.

Can You Prepare Poolish In Advance?

My personal choice is to prepare poolish the same day I’m baking, as I say before, most recipes will let you know when to prepare the poolish and for how long a time you will need to let it fermented.

But as life is busy, you might want to prepare the poolish the night before, you can do this, prepare the poolish and let it ferment in the fridge, when you’re ready to make your recipe, take the poolish out of the fridge 30 minutes to one hour before you start making your dough, it will allow the poolish to get at room temperature and get active.


  • 85 gr of flour
  • 85 gr of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dry yeast


Preparing Poolish will take only a few minutes.

1 Prepare All Your Ingredients

When working on any bread recipe, take your time to prepare all your ingredients, this will help you to know in advance you have all the ingredients at home.

Meassure and weight all the ingredients and place it on the table.

How To Make Poolish For Bread Baking

2 Mix Well All Dry Ingredients

Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl, mix well all the ingredients with the help of a spoon.

How To Make Poolish For Bread Baking

3 How To Prepare Poolish

Add the water, and stir well with the help of a spoon.

Remove the spoon and cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel, let the poolish to ferment for at least 15 minutes.

Every recipe will let you for how long the poolish should ferment.

How To Make Poolish For Bread Baking

4 How To Use Poolish When Making Bread At Home

After one hour poolish will look like in the photo below and it’s ready to be used in a yeast bread recipe.

When poolish is ready follow the recipe you’re making and add the poolish to the rest of the ingredients as your recipe recommends.

Follow the recipe directions to let the dough raise and then shape the bread, let it proof and your bread will be ready to be baked.

We hope this tips about how to make poolish when making your own bread at home helps you to prepare the poolish to make your recipe and we are sure your bread will taste delicious!

How To Make Poolish For Bread Baking

What To Do If You Don’t Get The Results On Your Yeast Bread Recipe?

Making your own bread at home is something you need to keep trying, learning how to use yeast and make poolish might take a few tries to get it right.

To be honest, there has been a few times in the past when I wanted to give up, but as my baking teachers told me, just keep trying, it will get better!

If you have any tip that will help beginners to make the perfect poolish, leave your tip on the comments, we all learn from everyone!

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How To Make Poolish For Bread Baking

2 thoughts on “How To Make Poolish For Bread Baking

  1. Well, thank you for the great blog you just blogged, today I have learnt how to make a polish for bread baking though I was confused about the polish, I thought it’s shoe polish, I was failing to connect polish and bread. But reading the whole article everything is clear now. I wish to try but with a tutorial video. Will you be making tutorial videos in future because other individuals may understand better with videos try to add a video when you update your blog. Thanks for the information.

    1. Hi Alinafe, I will try to make some videos about how to make poolish for bread making. 

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