Monday, February 06, 2012

Who wants some bread?

When you're trying to entice your family not to eat out stick to a small grocery budget, and you have a husband who does not love sandwiches on any old bread, and you want to serve your family sandwiches for supper while you go to a ladies' supper and fellowship at church, then you have to have a new trick up your sleeve.

And that is why I decided to give this recipe a try.  This is the basic recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day which has been sitting in the "for later" section of my Amazon cart for at least a year.  I keep putting off ordering it because 15 bucks is a little steep for me when it comes to cookbooks, especially ones I don't KNOW that I'll use.

I recently saw a video at Biblical Homemaking where she walked through the whole process and included a link to the basic recipe.  It all looked pretty painless, so I decided to give it a try.  This is my 3rd, and final batch of bread from one mixing of the dough.  For the other two, I made oval-shaped loaves similar to the ones Mandy makes in her video.  I don't love the bread, but Justin sure seems to.  I think I heard words like MMMM... and Panera come out of his mouth when he cut into the first loaf.  Anything that gets him to eat a sandwich at home is a good thing.

Overall, the process is pretty easy.  The hardest part for me is getting the water into the crazy pan below.  I don't like all the sizzling, and I may have missed the pan a little one time.  Ooops!  You also have to make sure you don't under cook this bread.  Our second loaf wasn't quite done, and it was a little mushy on the inside.  The crust turns out really crispy, and it's definitely unlike any bread I've ever made before.

There is also a video from the writers of the book on You Tube that you can check out as well if you're interested in giving this recipe a try.  I think it's great that you can actually try the recipe to see if it works for you before you actually have to spend money on the book.

Do you have a favorite bread recipe?  Have you tried the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day?

Disclosure:  There are no affiliate links in this post because NC and Amazon got in a fight about taxes.

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