the bread chronicles…getting started

29 01 2011

for as long as i can remember, i’ve always wanted to bake bread.  i’ve tried it once or twice; but i ended up with something that resembled more a paperweight than a perfect loaf of bread that i want to sink my teeth into.  since those failed attempts i convinced myself that i was a cook (not a chef, and definitely NOT a baker) so i should focus my energies elsewhere.

but as i was browsing one site or another, i came across this…

artisan bread in 5 minutes a day
honestly i didn’t think it would work.  experience has shown us that ‘quick fixes’ just don’t work.  but i kept stalking the reviews on amazon.  and i kept getting curious-er and curious-er…so i bought the book.

meanwhile, when i was grocery shopping i would discreetly chuck a bag of flour into our shopping cart.  (nevermind that we don’t use flour for anything we cook)  by the time the book was delivered i counted 3 bags of whole wheat flour, 2 bags of bread flour, another bag of cornmeal and a tupperware full of a mystery flour.  the irony in buying all that flour: i didn’t have the all-purpose flour the recipe calls for.  (sigh)

In a nutshell, this method allows you to pre-make a wet dough that is stored in the fridge for up to 10 days.  When you want to make bread, you snip off a piece, shape it, rest it, slash and bake it!  Even a non-baker like me was able to make a decent looking loaf:

my (second-ever) loaf or “boule”

i made the dough on day 1, on day 3 i made the first loaf (not pictured), on day 4 i made another two loaves, and today, day 5 i finished off the rest of the dough.
VERDICT: (loaves 1 &2) nice crisp crust that softened slightly when cooled.  the crumb was dense and moist.  aaron really took a shine to this basic recipe.  i think the crumb could be less dense and more chewy. i will switch to bread flour as it has more gluten and may give me a bread more to my liking.  (loaf 3) gifted to the neighbors. (loaf 4) in the oven!
i’ll continue to post to the bread chronicles as my adventure continues….
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29 08 2012
sewbastediwannapurl

Ive been wanting to do bread too! Haha. I like to forget ingredients, like baking powder ad baking soda. Oops. I’m totally going to check this book out and give it a whirl. Thanks!

29 08 2012
crankygrrrrrl

I hope it works out for you! it is super easy! (too bad the bread isn’t calorie-free!)

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