Thursday, January 22, 2009

Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

I read about this book 'Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day' on several blogs and was intrigued enough to order it. There is nothing like homemade bread and I have tried different recipes over the years. I made a batch of the 'Master Recipe' yesterday. To be honest, I had my doubts when I made up the batch of dough, as it just seemed too easy! There is no kneading involved - simply a quick stirring of the ingredients which creates a very moist dough. You make a batch of dough, refrigerate it (the dough will keep for 7-14 days depending on the recipe), and pull off a piece of the dough each time you want to make a loaf of bread.This morning, I baked 2 'boule's and 2 'baguette's'.

As you can see in the photo, I am missing a 'baguette'. My husband, my son and myself had to 'try it' and be sure that it was ok - it was more than ok - it was downright delicious!!! It had a nice crunchy crust on the outside and the inside was moist and full of flavor.

As quickly as I could, I stirred up another batch of dough. This time a different recipe from the book - for 'Vermont Cheddar Bread'. I have a feeling that I am going to get a lot of use out of this cookbook. Print Friendly and PDF


  1. I too bought the book. Only today I made up my first batch of dough and it is in the fridge. I don't have all the stuff the book calls for like a pizza peel, baking stone etc, but figure it'll work anyway. Keep us posted to new recipes you try and if they are any good. Tips too...

  2. i just ordered that book yesterday - glad to hear it lives up to its advertising.

  3. Shelley - I would highly recommend a pizza peel and baking stone. I have two sets and they get plenty of use - cookies, breads, pizza, etc...,. The stone really makes a huge difference. As you can see in the second photo, I don't have a true dough rising bucket (a lidded container that is not airtight). I just don't shut the lid completely and it seems to work fine.

  4. I have seen those recipes in two magazine and kept them but have not tried them but now I think I will.


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