Tuesday, August 17, 2010

5 minutes a day

Maybe I'm late to this party.
Wouldn't be the first time.
My PA friend Shannon introduced us to Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day before we moved.
Mr Renn was sufficiently impressed to start pestering me that I must try making it.  So, one large bucket, 1/2" pizza stone, and a bread peel later, I was ready.
My first batch was rather gummy, but I figured out that Utah being a desert I needed to allow for a few alterations.  I lengthened the pre-baking resting time and added some extra water to the dough, then it was pretty much perfection.

5 minute bread

And this is a seriously easy method for making awesome bread.
I just added the healthy bread sequel to my library.  Which is exciting.
Unfortunately my cheap-o pizza stone cracked during my last batch.  Apparently it is worth spending twice as much to buy your stone at Williams Sonoma if it means you only have to buy it once and it gets replaced for free forever.  Sometimes I am a slow learner.
But still, this bread is awesome.
If you are late to the party too, you can thank me later.


Chantele Sedgwick said...

That looks yummy! You always make such yummy things. When is that baby coming? I can't remember!

hairyshoefairy said...

Apparently I'm late for that party, too. That bread looks beautiful! I love homemade bread and that loaf looks amazing. It sounds like I've got to get my hands on that book. Thanks for posting about it!

Stina said...

My bros doing this too...the bread thing...is there a basic recipe that you use and then the book has varieties of it??

aLi said...

I might be thanking you later... I've heard about this party, but just can't spend the money on the peel and stone.

Em said...

(@ Ali - you don't NEED the peel and stone to make it.... they're just recommended. Being the perfectionist that I am, I couldn't start without them, but now that I'm stoneless and still have 2 loaves worth of dough in the refrigerator, I shall be baking on a cookie sheet. You could also transfer the dough on parchment paper instead of a peel... less mess that way anyhow)

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