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Easy Artisan Bread



My first loaf of bread from 
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

After reading much praise about the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook, I ordered it awhile back. I made my first batch during the holidays. If you like homemade bread, but you are intimidated by the time and effort needed for most homemade bread recipes (like me!), I highly recommend this book.  The authors have made homemade bread doable for all us non-bakers! The bread is delicious, and from my experience and reading the experiences of others, the recipes/directions seem almost foolproof! I love that the dough will keep for 2 weeks in my fridge! I can have a fresh baked loaf in just about an hour with truly only about 5 minutes of work!  And, the bread is delicious!


White Pizza

I used some of my dough to make the crust for our White Pizza tonight. We were all very pleased with it.  I'm still on the basic recipe. (I am looking forward to branching out a bit in the coming weeks.) I'm sold!

To learn more, visit:

http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/

This book has been very popular with food bloggers!
A Google search will produce a ton of reviews and photos!

Here's a link to an adaptation of the recipe which ran in the New York Times. I do encourage you to purchase this book, though. It has lots of great information on bread baking and great photos, which I found extremely helpful. It also had many ideas of how to use the dough beyond the basic loaf.


I make this little dipping sauce to go with our bread.


Parmesan Pepper Bread Dipping Oil

2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinaigrette (optional)

Place Italian seasoning, pepper and Parmesan cheese into a shallow dish; stir well to combine. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette over seasonings.Tear off pieces of bread and dip into the oil mixture.

2 comments:

  1. Connie - we must be twins - lol. I'm making sourdough bread every few days - most of my info from this site: http://www.io.com/~sjohn/sour.htm
    It's so fun!

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  2. I've been doing Artisan Bread in Five this past year and have loved it and now have their new book Healthy Bread in Five- it's great! It was fun to look through your blog this morning.

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