Thursday, November 13, 2008
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day
You must have seen this before in the blogosphere. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I didn't pay much attention to it until today, thinking I ought to learn proper bread-baking first, before diving into shortcuts. But thanks to Southernoise, I learnt just how easy it is to get really good bread. My first try yielded this baguette-like white bread with chewy crust and soft insides. This completely throws whatever I've learnt about bread-baking out the window!
Here's a video of the authors Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë Francois giving a demo on Showcase Minnesota.
And here's the recipe for the master bread given by the station's website. They use a pizza peel but you can use a baking tray, Silpat or other suitable baking container. I used an ordinary loaf pan. And I didn't use any water, although had two other moist items baking simultaneously as well.
You can create a whole variety of breads. The book will tell you how. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: the Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking (Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press, Nov 2007)