Thursday, July 30, 2009

Baking Bread in Five Minutes a Day?!

As I mentioned in a previous post, Nick's mother loaned me a book about making bread in five minutes a day. While I feel the title is misleading (it takes at least seventy minutes from the time that you decide to turn the pre-made dough in to fresh baked bread to the time it comes out of the oven and that's not including the time it takes to make the initial dough) the book itself is pretty amazing. Baking bread is easier than making pancakes! Seriously, you just mix dough, flour, water, and let it rise. Put it in the fridge and let it rise some more. The next day, cut some of the dough off, let it rise for 40 minutes and bake it for 30 minutes and just like that you got yourself some delicious bread.

The funny thing is, we screwed up the recipe in every conceivable way and it still turned out great. We used bleached flour (when it calls for unbleached), we don't have any of the proper equipment (pizza peel, bread stone, serrated bread knife, etc.) so we improvised with two baking sheets and a steak knife, and we cooked it too long because Nick was worried it wasn't done. We have since made two more loaves out of the pre-made dough in the fridge and we still have enough dough for about two more. Good thing, too, because the bread doesn't even last a day in our house.

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