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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?
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