Friday, August 23, 2013

Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

Friday, August 23, 2013
I recently tried the basic recipe in the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.  You can find the recipe here.  It is strangely simple and delicious.

You basically make a starter and use that as a no-knead bread mix.  It is fast, flavorful, and satisfying.  Even in your small apartment kitchen, without a mixer, you can have homemade bread in 5 minutes.  This doesn't include baking and proofing time, but you can jump in the shower or clean while that's going on.

My favorite part?  The crunchy crust.  I ate it slightly warm, standing at the counter holding my little man.  All the while staring at my husband and saying, "You gotta try this.  Please.  It is so good!"  {Well, more for me if you don't.}

I made the starter in the morning and let it sit on the counter for 2 hours.  Then I popped it in the fridge.  I took it out about 6 hours later and baked off a Boule and a Baguette.  The bread was a little dense and I probably should have proofed it longer since it was cold, but we still enjoyed it.  I was surprised at how crunchy the crust was and how much I liked the bread.

I tried again with the dough in the fridge two days later.  I let it rise for 50 minutes this time and I found it to be near perfection.  The bread was less dense and had more flavor.  The book recommends letting the starter rest overnight, which I agree with.  It makes a better bread.  

This bread cost me about 20 cents to make.  That is something I could fall in love with.

What are you waiting for?  Homemade bread is just minutes away.  Get the recipe here on the book's blog.  I know what you are thinking, I've never made bread before, I don't have a fancy oven, or I don't know how to bake.  You don't have to.  That's the beauty of it.

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