For the last several months, I've been reading good things and hearing glowing reviews about a little cookbook called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.
I requested the book from the library & waited for my turn to check it out. (It was in high demand.)
I was a wee bit suspicious about the claims of this book. I'm usually skeptical of anything that promises things are going to be quick/instant/tremendously easy/etc.
I checked out the book. I've now tested the concept. It totally works.
The authors, Hertzberg & Francois, designed a high-moisture basic bread dough recipe that can be made in bulk and then stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. There is an inital time investment to mix up that big bunch of dough. (Still, even the time to do that first step isn't much.)
The "five minutes" part comes in next. Whenever you want a loaf of bread, you use a bread knife to slice off a hunk from your stored-in-the-refrigerator dough. You put the dough on the counter to rest for a bit & begin to pre-heat the oven. Then you bake the bread (the basic loaf, pictured above, is baked for 30 minutes.) It literally does take 5 minutes (of hands-on time) to have a loaf of delicious, homemade bread.
Sadly, I returned the book to the library the other day. I will most definitely be purchasing it and trying more of the variations of this basic recipe. The authors have recently come out with another book using the same concept: Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day.
I love freshly baked bread soooo much. I would rather have it than an ice cream sundae. I would rather have it than freshly baked cookies. I would rather have it than chips & salsa. I would rather have it than almost anything.
Given my love for homemade bread & my love for this new cookbook, I hope I can show some restraint....otherwise I'll be doing another post sometime in the future...."How I Came to Weigh 450 Pounds in Five Minutes a Day."