January 2, 2009

Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

Over the last year, I had heard a lot of talk about this book that explained how you could make your own bread and only spend a small amount of time doing it. Making bread at home is something I’ve always wanted to do, but usually passed on it as the process seemed so lengthy and involved.

A couple of months back, I mentioned that My Husband was baking bread. He started with a recipe that he found on UTube and had reasonably good results with it. I then ordered a copy of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
(check out the blog that the authors have over HERE) for him. He dove right in and that first couple of weeks we enjoyed fresh baked bread with dinner several times a week. A few times he sprinkled the seasoning blends that we use for olive oil dippers over the top before baking and it really added some amazing flavor.

Then, the craziness of the holidays came upon us, and the bread making stopped. Then, an amazing thing happened. We invited the family over to celebrate Hanukkah with us, and he was once again inspired to make bread to share with them. It was a last minute decision – well, several hours before dinnertime – and that was still plenty of time to allow the dough to rise properly.

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Everyone really enjoyed having some fresh bread with our meal. Personally, I loved it, but My Husband thought that the crust was not crunchy enough. So, we’ll see what the next loaf brings as he continues to tinker with it and try different things.

Have a great night! I'll be back soon to share a wonderful Chicken Noodle Soup I made earlier this week to help me fight a cold (and IT WORKED!) and a new variation on My Oldest Boy's favorite Banana Bread.

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15 comments:

Stacey Snacks said...

Good for your hubby!
That bread looks terrific! As good as any bakery!
Lucky girl!

LaDue & Crew said...

I'm inspired now, thanks! Hey, I heard if you sprinkle water on the top of the dough just prior to baking, it creates a crunchier crust. I haven't tried it yet though. Let me know if you do!

Chef E said...

Your bread looks great...roll it in some nuts, grains or oats next time...hope you don't mind that comment...

Girl Japan said...

The bread does look fabulous.. that fact that you had time to make up or squeezed in time.. I was just writing about that NO carb craze.. hehe the irony.. Give me my bread and butter.. "wink"!

Tracy said...

That's great that hubby makes bread! I've been meaning to buy that book. Maybe it will be on NEXT year's Christmas list!

Sara said...

Your bread looks great - I make no-knead bread on a regular basis, but haven't jumped on the 5 minutes a day bandwagon yet.

Peabody said...

I got a pretty good crust on mine. Just telling him to keep trying!

HoneyB said...

I recently bought this book and have been thinking about trying something from it this weekend! Thanks for the link - I have not seen it before!

Karen said...

I have that book too and just love it. It's so nice to have some freshly baked bread in no time!

Gloria Chadwick said...

Your bread looks great! I love the smell of homemade bread. I have a copy of the book and will be reviewing it on my blog sometime this month. Plus, the authors have agreed to do a guest post, and even better--they have a new bread cookbook coming out this month.

That Girl said...

I love having fresh bread also!

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Katy said...

everyone seems to love this technique! i really have to try it...

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I couldn't live without "Artisan Bread"! Their brioche is amazing! How fun that your husband is making all that wonderful bread. I can't even get mine to make coffee!

EAT! said...

I bought this book a while ago and used it immediately. I think I made focaccia about 10 times in 2 weeks. Then I put it aside. I just picked it up again last week and made the challah dough. Big mistake. I made cinnamon rolls and a loaf of bread so far and I have eaten it all. A few more miles will be needed on the treadmill.

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