Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Fabulous Find

A couple of months ago I stumbled across a blog(I can't remember who it was-I'd love to give her credit) where there was a recipe for an easy take make homemade bread. I love to bake so I thought I give it a try and it was incredibly delicious! I'm talking I could easily eat the entire loaf by myself good. The blogger gave the basic recipe but I wanted to try to make more just the one type of  bread so I decided to get the book. It's called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day by Jeff Hertzber & Zoe Francois

All the different bread recipes are a slight deviation from the master recipe:
3 cups warm water
6 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast(2 packets)
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt

Mix it all in a 5 quart container cover & let rise for 2 hours.
You can mix by hand or using a stand mixer with the dough attachment which is what I did.

This is what it looked like after 2 hours


When you are ready to cook cut off a grapefruit sized piece of dough and form a ball. and make 3 slices in top of dough.20 minutes before baking heat over with baking stone inside to 450 degrees. I don't have a baking stone so I just use a large flat
cookie sheet.

This is what it looks like approx. 5 minutes before I put them in the oven. It is also recommended that you  place the dough on a pizza peel but again I don't have one so when it's time to place the dough in the oven I just flop it in.

30 minutes later you have this

Crunchy exterior doughy interior perfectly delicious bread.

One of the best things about this recipe is the is absolutely no kneading involved.

We also made the pizza dough and had homemade pizza. Everything from the dough to the tomato sauce to the fresh mozzarella was homemade. What a difference in taste. The only thing that I can say badly about how it turned out was that I should have cooked it a few minutes more than the recipe called for because the crust was a little too soft.

Here's my cooking companion Sophia putting on the cheese

Before Cooking

After Cooking

Not so pretty especially since I don't yet have a pizza peel so I had to fold the pizza in half to get it in the oven- but delicious.

Dough stays fresh for 2 weeks in the fridge and one batch makes several loaves of bread. I not only love that I have a warm loaf of bread ready for my family in just  a half an hour but I especially love that I know everything that is in it.

I plan on trying take make a rye bread next.
I purchased my book on ebay $15.00  but I saw it today on for $12.72

If you get the book let me know what you make!

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