Sunday, November 13, 2011 7 Comments »
That's Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.  If you are a fan of fresh, home-made bread, you have to try it.  It's nothing short of a revolution in bread making.

Basically, you take all of 5 minutes to dump your water, yeast, salt/sugar and flour into a large plastic container (a dough bucket).  You mix it up with a big ol' wooden spoon until everything is incorporated, then you let it sit at room temp for about 90 minutes.  You can then cut off a hunk right then and there to bake, or you can just put that bucket of dough in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, cutting off a hunk whenever the mood strikes, and bake a nice little loaf.  No kneeding.  No double-rising.  Wish I could say No calories, but that ain't happenin'.

The only special equipment you need is a big plastic container, a pizza/baking stone (I just leave mine in the oven all the time), and a pizza/bread peel.  You can substitute a rimless cookie sheet, or even a cookie sheet turned over for the peel. 
Yeast, bread flour and a little cornmeal (to put on the peel under your ball of dough to make it slide off easily) are the basic ingredients. 

I have all three of the books, and to say they are the best thing since sliced bread is an understatement.   The newest book, Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day, has a method for making pizza dough that keeps in the fridge, and has you making your pizza in 10 minutes.  OK, that doesn't include the time to heat the oven.

Now I've also got all kinds of specialty flours, like wheat, rye and pumpernickle, as well as a number of nifty things to make my bread even more yummy and healthy.  My favorite place to get all of these if King Arthur Flour.  My local supermarket carries a number of the King Arthur Flours, but not the really cool stuff like vital wheat gluten, wheat berries, deli rye flavor, or Artisan Bread Topping. 

Check out the blog and check out the videos.    Winter's coming -- there's nothing like a big pot of soup and some home made bread to warm you up!


Mrs.Pickles said...

Nothing beats home made bread. I did up two Tuscan style loaves Friday night. Warm bread and a chunk of cheese or salami = perfect Thanks for the tip on the book I have seen it before,but wasn't sure if it was any good

OT Quilter said...

I just took a loaf out of the oven. I love making bread, have done it for years and years, and this is the easiest artisan recipe--no starter, no sour dough; it's wonderful. I like the other recipes, too, like the white bean dip. Thanks for the recommendation about the other two in the series.

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

I have been a bread baker since I first got married. We lived in Northern Maine and often snowed in for days.
Love the idea I can make this up and bake it in quick time. Nothing says love like fresh bread baking. Well maybe an apple pie says it better.

Bobbi said...

Gonna hafta try it.

PS I'm a dukus today!

Michele said...

This looks yummy! I used to be into making bread in my bread maker, but got out of the habit. I may just have to try this. Did you mention where you would get a bucket like that?

Denise in PA said...

Wow - I have to try this! I love homemade bread but don't around to it very often. I will go check out these books! See you tomorrow night???

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Wow! Who knew? I'm looking into this... we love homemade soup and bread. tis the season. Thanks, Pat!