I don’t normally post reviews, but I needed to share my new favorite cookbook.
One of the lovely things about living in Minnesota is the abundance of really good bakeries all over the place. Between that and my laziness and the fact that I’ve never been particularly good at baking, I’ve generally not felt the need to bake. But this Christmas, I asked for and got the cookbook Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, and finally in the past couple of weeks have given it a try. I just took my 5th loaf of bread – a bâtard – out of the oven.
I definitely recommend the book. First off, it really is as easy as the authors make it out to be. I’ve also baked boule, brioche, and raisin brioche, and all were really pretty simple. There are other recipes that look to be a bit more involved, but with my confidence from these loaves, I’m feeling good about giving them a try. Another thing I love is how little effort it takes to get the bread baked. The idea is that you mix the dough (no kneading), and then store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. When you want bread, you take it out of the fridge, shape it – which takes less than a minute – let it rest for a bit and then bake it. And one more great thing: the loaves are relatively small. Chris, Zoe, and I don’t eat all that much bread, but we love good fresh bread. Which means that loaves of bread often end up stale or moldy. But these are pretty much the perfect size for our family. And I love being able to bake good bread for everyone every once in a while. Oh yeah, and the house smells awesome right now.