Ok, remember several months ago I announced that I had conquered bread making. That it was something I could do with confidence and provide healthy bread for my family.
Yea yea …whatever, Mary.
I haven’t cracked a bag of flour since then.
I work full time. I blog. I have a life.
I haven’t got the time to rise, punch down, rise, punch down.
Until I discovered this. Thanks to cookiecrumb and her knock out blog, I'm Mad and I Eat.
She provided a life changing moment for me.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois.
I watched the YouTube video.
I was sold. I bought the book.
These guys have got it goin’ on, people. They totally simplify the bread making process using natural ingredients and a brilliant method. It is without a doubt tailor made for someone who works full time and loves to cook but hasn’t had the inclination or the talent or the patience to be a bread baker.
Basically you dump flour, water, salt and instant yeast in a container with a lid. You stir to combine, you don’t knead. Let it sit two hours at room temp. Put in the fridge and it sits. And thinks. For up to fourteen days. When you want some bread, you shake a little flour over the top of the dough, pull up a grapefruit size mound o’ dough, shape it, let it sit 20, preheat the oven, slash it and let it sit 20 and then bake for specified time.
I have, at the present time, two types of bread dough in my refrigerator, the boule and European peasant bread. If I need a baguette, or batard or a quick pissaladiere ( straight from the book and a great Sunday supper), I use the boule.
For sandwiches, panzanella, bruschetta, I use the European.
I’m considering making brioche for Christmas presents.
It’s a miracle.
Buy the book. It will change your life.