Thursday, January 28, 2010

Get out your bowl and spoon

And I mean a BIG bowl. I made no knead bread yesterday and again today and my son says it is the best bread I have ever made(and I bake all the time.)
I bought this book back in November called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.
I have to confess that I scoffed. I set the book aside as I was super busy in November and December, but earlier this week, I read it again and tried their basic recipe. (I have linked to the King Arthur Flour version, as it is awesome too.) It is amazing. The crust is crusty and crunchy and the crumb is moist and delicious. This is so easy to do even a beginner could do it.
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


Christina said...

Oooh, I have that book checked out from the library right now. Can't wait to give it a try!

AuntieAllyn said...

I'm a long-time bread baker, too; I have this book and love it (especially the rye bread). I'm also a huge fan of Jim Lahey's original no-knead bread recipe, written up in the New York Times a couple of years ago and tweaked by Americas Test Kitchen on a recent program (you can find it by logging onto their website). While there's plenty of excellent bread here in the Washington metropolitan area, there is no good bread to be found anywhere down in southern Virginia where I'll be retiring in a few years. Lahey's recipe/technique (a VERY WET, no-knead dough that you bake in a covered LeCreuset-type dutch oven) results in a very chewy, European-style (dare I say "French") bread that damn near brought tears to my eyes when I cut into it! With these two books, there is no excuse for bad bread!!!