Monday, March 9, 2009

I Tried Artisan 5 Minute Bread And I Loved It And You Will Too!

I know if you try Artisan 5 Minute Bread you will never buy store bread baked again! Just look at the picture of the loaf I made this morning. The basic recipe plus cheese. Man, is it good! I let it rise for 30 minutes instead of 40 but it was hot and dry today so I felt 30 minutes was enough.

I have been making bread since forever and this Artisan 5 Minute Bread thing just didn’t take my fancy. But I was reading an article in the New York Times and reading all the comments and just had to try it. So I ordered the book and got it this morning and tried it right away.

I mix the ingredients just like they stated in the book and since I am used to kneading bread I was still very wary about this bread. It looked very moist, almost wet as apposed to real bread. Real bread, by the way, is homemade bread, kneaded and left to rise bread. Never store bought.

I can tell you right now that you will love this bread. The taste is different than kneaded bread but then it is different than kneaded bread. I liked his (the author)story about being lazy (how he made this recipe) because sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to make bread, let it rise then bake it and throw it in the freezer. But this Artisan 5 Minute Bread is really different.

It took me 10 minutes to mix up, not because it takes 10 minutes, but because I had to read it several times to make sure it would only take 5 minutes. When I made the second batch it did take me 5 minutes. Just put everything in a bowl, mix it up and let it sit for 2 hours and bake a loaf or put it in the refrigerator.

When you get your book read the whole thing then make the basic recipe. This will not only show you that bread is easy to make and tastes wonderful but will also set you on course for all the other bread recipes in the book. So far I have made 5 of them and I haven’t made my real bread in several weeks. That’s almost unheard of for me. The few minutes you invest in making the basic recipe will start you on a path to make the greatest bread you’ve ever tasted!

There’s not a lot history or “filler” to read in this book but the authors do explain how they came about creating the recipes for the book. They give you lots of recipes to make from the basic bread recipe. What can I say---I really like this bread!

Here’s a list of things you won’t have to do with Artisan 5 Minute Bread:

You don’t have to:

Mix up a new batch
Use a starter
Proof the yeast
Knead bread
Form loaves
Let the bread rise
Punch down and let rise again

So, if you know what all this means then you know why it takes so long to make bread. Even if you’ve never made bread before and never wanted to make bread before, you will like making this bread. It really does just take 5 minutes to make to have fresh bread all week long.

Although, I won’t ever give up making my real bread, making Artisan 5 Minute Bread is much easier to have fresh bread everyday. And if freezes well too!

1 comment:

  1. This 5 minute bread sounds delicious and easy to make.