6/9/08

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day


I received Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for my birthday from my parents. I have only tried one of the recipes so far, but I am hooked!

The principle is that you mix up a big batch of dough (no kneading!) and leave it in the fridge for up to two weeks. Whenever you want bread, you pull some dough off, shape it, let it rest, and bake. It's really easy.

I have never made such beautiful or yummy bread before. It's so much better than anything you can get at the store. Red Chief has added his seal of approval by begging for bread as soon as I take it out of the oven. Up until now he hasn't been too excited about bread.

This book is definitely worth a try!

13 comments:

  1. This is a great idea! We love the 18 no knead bread. This takes that one step farther even! I think I'll have to look into this book, since we often would like the no knead bread, but haven't planned ahead enough.

    If you have a dutch oven, you might try making a round loaf inside that. Preheat the pan with the oven, and then bake it covered for a half hour or so and finish it off uncovered. This turns out so good! Something about the humidity in the dutch oven makes the crust and bread just like from those big bakery wood fire ovens.

    Your bread is beautiful, btw!

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  2. That bread looks amazing!
    This sounds like a book I should look for. It sounds like a very convenient way to make good homemade bread.

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  3. Wow! I MUST see if the library has this book!

    I checked out Mark Bittman's cookbook... World's Best Recipes or something like that. Looks like some great dishes in there.

    Have a great day!

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  4. OOOOOH! That looks sooooo good! I can almost smell it!

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  5. whoa baby! that looks seriously wonderfully delish! methinks i may need that book.... or could you do the same thing with a regular bread recipe i'm wondering?

    i'm very impressed with your loaves my dear. they are lovely:)

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  6. The book is definitely worth it. Maybe your library has it? Meanwhile, you can try no-knead bread. It's the most similar thing I've found, and it's very good, too.

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  7. Mrs. Mordecai: I'm Jeff Hertzberg, one of the co-authors of the book. Thanks for trying our recipes. You can visit us at www.artisanbreadinfive.com and post questions into any "Comments" field, or the "Bread Questions" field on the left side of the homepage.

    About the NY Times no-knead bread that you reference, it's a nice reicpe, but because that method doesn't make a dough intended for two-week storage in the fridge, it's not enough of a time-saver to be a good option for most busy households. That said, you definitely can make our loaves inside a covered Dutch oven, and then you get the great crust without needing to create steam in the oven

    Jeff Hertzberg
    www.artisanbreadinfive.com

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  8. Wow, you got a comment from the AUTHOR?? So jealous right now :)

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  9. Yeah, well, I was kinda floored when I saw that.

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  10. Yum! I just bought that book I need to try it out.

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  11. Oooo! The author posted a comment! That is SO cool! My husband is into artisan bread making. He follows the bread maker's apprentice book. I think the short cut idea sounds very appealing, though. Which is exactly how your bread looks!

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