Intimidated by bread baking? Wish you were one of those people who could magically whip up pizza crust, rolls or fresh bread at the drop of a hat? Here’s your book! I initially bought Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for my husband, who loves baking bread but never seems to have the time. Unlike some bread books that talk about chemistry or specialized instruments, this book comes at the whole process with a reasonable attitude and a simple philosophy – pre-mix bread dough and keep it in the fridge. With a minimum of care and feeding (the five minutes a day) you can use this starter for a whole range of baked goods!
The plan is simple – mix up a high-moisture dough, and store it. Then pull our the dough and shape and bake. You don’t even have to knead it. Seriously. There’s no kneading, no proofing, no “cover and let rise” step, no punching down… Just pull out a chunk of dough, shape and bake.
There are sections on ingredients you can include, basic equipment, techniques, and then it’s right into the recipes. How does Raisin Walnut Oatmeal sound? Or Pumpernickel? Or even a Reuben Sandwich? It’s yummy, it’s easy, and it’s affordable.